Friday, October 31, 2014

Winners & Final Poll

I can’t believe Swoon Fest is over! This month has flown by and reading all these awesome McClure books made it so much more fun! I am so grateful for everyone who participated! We had over 850 entries throughout the month! That is awesome! Now I’m sure all of you are wondering who our final winners are, so here you go:

 
1st Place: Autographed Hardcopy McClure Book
(signed and provided for by Marcia)
Heidi Jensen
 
2nd Place: $15 Amazon Gift Card
Tiffany Odell
 
3rd Place: $10 Amazon Gift Card
Jennifer H

I'll send the prizes to the email addresses provided, let me know if you don't receive it. Heidi, I'll be contacting you in regard to which book you'd like, etc. Thanks again to everyone who participated, you all made it so much more fun!
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Happy Halloween! Which paranormal hero would you like Marcia to write about...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Top Ten Favorite McClure Books

I thought it’d be fun to compile a list of everyone’s favorite McClure books. It was actually a little harder than I thought it would be. I ended up with four different versions and used those to make a master list. The first version is based on Amazon reviews (average customer review), the next based on Goodreads (average ratings), next is based on the Goodreads Listopia and lastly one based on all the different lists that were submitted to me directly. So, I give you the master list of favorites (I’ll post the other lists in the comments, if you’re curious like me). And I should add, this is probably always changing, the more votes that come in can tweak things a bit.

Top Ten Favorite McClure Books
Visions of Ransom Lake
Kissing Cousins
Highwayman of Tanglewood
A Crimson Frost
Dusty Britches
Weathered Too Young
Saphyre Snow
Shackles of Honor
Heavenly Surrender
Touch of Sage


 
“Falling in love is an adventure--the breathless, goose-bump-rendering voyage of a real-life hero and heroine. Falling in love is simultaneously wonderful and painful -- a mingling of uncertainty and euphoria. Love stories are, after all, like people -- as individual as snowflakes. Each love story is entirely unique -- each love story should be admired, cherished, and valued!”
-Marcia Lynn McClure
 
*These results are from October 30, 2014

Character Casting Reveals

When I woke up this morning I realized I didn't have anything to post today. But, then I realized I still had a few character reveals that I forgot to put up. Personally, I think these are better than the originals. What do you think?
Untethered
Kathy and Heathro
Kissing Counsins
Kathy Jo and Swaggart
The Crimson Frost
Katie and Broderick
The Pirate Ruse
Tori and Trevon
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I LOVE fairytales and I've enjoyed the few MLM retellings she's done. Which fairytale would you love for Marcia to write?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Yummies Week 5

Surprise! It's Friday! Hehe. Just kidding. I know y'all are probably thinking what in the world is KJ doing posting her recipe on Wednesday instead of Friday?! Well... the answer is simple! We wanted to go out with a BANG and decided to do the Winners on Friday instead of today. So keep those reviews coming all you Swoony Participants! We LOVE hearing from you guys and reading your reviews!

And before I post the recipe I personally want to give Kathy a HUGE THANK YOU for putting this all together for us and making it SO much fun!! Not everyone got a chance to see how much work she actually put into this and I was blown away by how much she accomplished and did for Swoon Fest all the while taking care of her family! She is definitely Wonder Woman!! I have absolutely LOVED working with her on this and can't wait for the next one!! Kath... you are an AMAZING person who went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our First Swoon Fest was such a HUGE success!! I am so very grateful that you were willing to not only host it BUT agree to do another one... or two... or five!! ;) Hehe. You completely and totally ROCK my friend!! Can't wait to work with you again on the next ones!! :)

Ok... and now for our amazing recipe for this week. Kathy found this one and shared it with me and I knew I just HAD to share it with you guys!! It looks and sounds absolutely DECADENT!! I REALLY want to hear from you guys if you try this out!! So... without further adieu I give you... 


Marshmallow Pumpkin Bars!! Don't they look AMAZING?! *swoony sigh*

Ingredients:

4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 15-oz can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips
1 10-oz bag mini marshmallows

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugars, oil, and pumpkin until completely combined.
3. In a separate, small bowl - mix together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, and then the chocolate chips.
5. Pour the mixture into a baking sheet (15x10x1) and bake for 25-30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let them cool completely.
7. Top with marshmallows, and broil in the oven for 1 minute or until golden brown. (Be sure to watch them closely so they don't burn).
8. Let them cool completely and then serve.

Enjoy! And don't forget to share with us if you try them! ;) 

MLM Favorites Voting

Okay, so I know I asked everyone to submit their top ten favorite lists to me, I've gotten a great response and will still post those results. But, Katie had a great idea about hosting a vote through Goodreads. I thought this would be a great and easy way for everyone to vote. I went ahead and added all of Marcia's books to the list, now you just have to go and vote for your top TEN favorites. I know doing it this way will be tempting to vote for more than ten, but try and stick with ten. :)

To vote, visit my Listopia page on Goodreads HERE. Voting is easy, if you haven't done it before you can see in the picture below. Under the title of the book there is a "vote for this book" button. Just click on that. On the right there is a My Votes field and you will be able to see your list of ten books. Let me know if you have any questions. I'll announce the final winners in a couple days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall for Fluff Tuesdays

First, if you’re wondering why there was no Monday’s With Marcia post yesterday it was because Marcia had some family stuff come up. Hopefully we can do a catch up post later in the week. Well wishes to Marcia and her family!

This is our LAST trivia post! This month has gone by so fast, I didn’t realize October was so long. Even doing this on just “business days” its still almost five weeks! I guess it’s nice to have those few extra days to read even more MLM books!  It’s been fun meeting other MLM fans and chatting with everyone about the books and characters.

Who Said It?

"Yer pa's gonna shoot me when he finds out I been kissin'... that I been kissin' his daughter right under his own roof... and in my underwear, to boot."  

 "When I'm having dinner with you, I feel just like one of those bakery rolls - all fresh and slathered in butter... and then you warm me up and melt it."

 "I love you like no man on this earth has ever loved a woman! Give me your heart, and I will keep and protect it forever. I will never give it up! Give me your full heart, and I will shield it with my life. I will be your hero... your lover..."  

 "Are yo gonna stand there and stare at me like I'm just a lemon drop in the candy jar at the general store? Or are you gonna kiss me the way you've been dreamin' of kissin' me?"  


Open Casting
You may have noticed there are a few MLM books we haven’t casted yet. We thought it’d be fun to let you guys decide who should be casted. Either post their names below or send them to Kathy Jo and we’ll post them on Thursday! The books that haven’t been casted are:  Beneath the Honeysuckle Vine, Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich and the three novellas: General’s Ambition, Unobtainable One and Indebted Deliverance.

Book Covers
Which are your five favorite McClure covers? And five least favorite?

 
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Which type of historical hero would you like Marcia to write about...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Poll

I really need to think about my vote before I choose. A LOT of people asked about Shay getting her own book, so I almost left her off because I suspect she'll get a ton of votes (I don't want to make it too easy!). But, I just read Touch of Sage and I love Charlie in that one and I think it'd not only be fun to see him get his own book, but I'd love to see those old widows do some more matchmaking! I also loved James Kelly in Pirate Ruse, I'd like to see him as an adult and see what kind of man he turns out to be and what kind of woman would capture his heart (and maybe get another pirate story!). And of course, little Daisy in Mermaid Tears would grow up to be someone special and I'd love her story as well. Maybe Marcia will see this and decide to humor me and write a book for each of them! :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Fall Yummies - Week 4

So all week I've been thinking that this is my last week of posting recipes and I've been torn between 2 really good ones. I was so close to just putting them in a hat and pulling one when I realized that I actually have 2 weeks left! YAY! So one will be posted today and the other next week. Win/Win for me! ;)

So this week I chose to post... 


Cinnamon Roll Bites! And let me tell you... not only are they super easy... they are SUPER yummy!! I have made these several times and they never last more than a couple hours! Add a cup of hot chocolate and you have the perfect Saturday/Sunday morning Fall brunch! Mmmmmm Mmmmmm!

Ingredients:

For Biscuits:

1 12oz can refrigerator biscuits (I use Pillsbury Homestyle)
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar

For Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray/grease 8x8 baking dish.
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, Add biscuit pieces and toss to coat well.
Spread out pieces evenly into baking dish.
Pour melted butter evenly over biscuits.
Bake 23-25 minutes or until baked through.
Set aside and let cool for a few minutes.

For Glaze:
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
Drizzle/pour over slightly cooled biscuits.

As I said before... these are SO good! And if by chance they DO last more than a couple of hours, you can put them on a plate and warm them back up in the microwave. They are just as good... I promise!! ;)

And of course.. if you try them.. let us know what you think! :)

Fun New Poll

To go along with yesterdays casting reveal here is a fun poll!
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Which cowboy would you rather ride into the sunset with...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Character Casting Reveals, Part IV

I LOVE Marcia's Westerns, so I was really excited for this casting reveal! There are a couple on here that are probably more "historical" (like Fragrance, which we didn't get finished until yesterday), but we figured it'd be okay to put them here. I really love this set, hope you do too!
The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich
The Haunting of Autumn Lake
The Windswept Flame
Sweet Cherry Ray
Untethered
Dusty Britches
The Heavenly Surrender
The Prairie Prince
Weathered Too Young
The Fragrance of Her Name
Desert Fire
 
Sudden Storms
Touch of Sage
The Visions of Ransom Lake
The Light of the Lovers Moon
To Echo the Past

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Winners, Part III

Congratulations to our winners this week! It is always fun pulling up Rafflecopter on Wednesday mornings and watch it select our winners. We have one last drawing next week!
 
1st Place: Autographed Hardcover Book
(signed and provided by Marcia)
Katie Krebs
 
2nd Place: $15 Amazon Gift Card
Tori Wright
 
3rd Place: $10 Amazon Gift Card
Haley Whitaker
 
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