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National Book Lovers Day!

 

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National Book Lovers Day!

This is one of my favorite days since I’m an author and I have a special gift for you, keep reading until the end for a FREE book!
Books can transport you to different times, places, and where dreams come true. Words bring the imagination alive making you experience diverse emotions leaving you wanting more! They can give make you love or hate the character, circumstances, and outcome. They can you make you a so-called time traveler, either going back in time, or speeding into the future depending on the genre. They can teach you to become whatever you want. They can entice you to dream!
Ideas to enjoy your National Book Lovers Day
• Support an author by buying their books, leaving a review, or just let them know how much you like their writings.
• Give a book to someone
• Tell someone about your favorite author by verbally telling them or make a post on your facebook wall.
• Read a book! Grab a cup of coffee and ease down on a park bench or any favorite place. Let people see you reading.
Speaking of Coffee, have you heard of Smart Coffee? If not, comment “Interested” and I’ll send you some information.
To get your FREE BOOK, click on Free Book “The Noble Wife,” on the side bar or click on it on the menu.
Happy Reading,
Brenda

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FREE BOOK!

Free MHoL

Free Today! Get the first book in the Series, Ladies of Entrepreneurship and let it inspire you to follow your dream! Many Hats of a Lady, is a book where dreams come to life. But, in any life, there are twists and turns that can delay or disrupt that dream. In this book, you will grasp a young woman’s determination and faith at overcoming obstacles keeping her dream from coming to life. It is a story that will impel you follow your own dreams.

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Corsets, are they a thing of the past!

 

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Corsets, are they a thing of the Past!

I think not. In my new series called, “Ladies of Entrepreneurship.” The Ladies of this saga are Proverbs Thirty-One women. They are women who are business orientated, strong-willed and determined to live the dream that God has placed inside of them.  

One of the scenes in, “Many Hats of a Lady,” tells of a young lady who tries on a corset for the first time. So, I did a little research on corsets. There are basically three terms used for the garment, – corset, bustier, and bodice.

The historical corset was made from heavy fabric, lined with baleen whale (most used) bones that were inserted into channels then sewn in the seams. It shaped the body into whichever shape the person wanted. During this era women suffered and rightly so since their bodies were being formed in unnatural ways. Some women suffered from collapsed lungs, crushed ribs, dislocated spines, and misaligned internal organs, even death.

The bustier is often worn as an evening top with evening skirts. It is the modern alteration of the corset usually made from lace, satins, stretch fabrics, leather embellished with beads, sequins etc; whatever the wearer fancies. Unboned or boned with plastic or spiral steal springs. It is less deforming that its predecessor.

 Bodice is a general term for the part of the dress that covers the upper torso to the high hip. In earlier eras denoted a lightweight lined but unboned top worn over the corset but under jackets or whatever the ladies wore back then. Today, it is a word used as the top part of the dress.

And currently, I find the new craze is waistshaper’s, the modern-day corset. Most sellers claim a person can lose 1 to 2 inches off their waist in weeks. Ladies claim they look slimmer, confident and shapely when wearing the waistshaper. But, the downside is that waistshaper’s can cause breathing problems, acid reflux and sometimes blood clots if wearing the wrong size.

So, even though, the corset has drastically changed, it is still worn today with modern and flexible twists.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review “The Chocolatier”

  1. Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

The Chocolatier by Brenda Scruggs is a complex yet sweet romance that centers on a man and a woman from very different worlds, yet they are perfect for each other. Charles Riviera is the heir to a chocolate empire that thrives on the dark, rich, sweet intensity of chocolate. He loves his job, he loves chocolate, and he really enjoys working as Director of Marketing. However, he had no idea that life had an even sweeter surprise waiting for him in the form of a delectable woman who is hiding deep pain.

Charlene Callaway has seen the worst that love and romance have to offer. Ready to marry the man she loved, she found him cheating on her with another woman on their wedding day. Broken hearted and bone weary, she moves away and gets a job at a chocolate company. She had no idea that her future was waiting for her in the form of a dashing, handsome and very interesting man. But bad luck still has an eye on her. She has a stalker and he will not stop until he has her. What can Charlene and Charles do in a situation like this? They are hardly ready to accept their feelings for each other, so what will they do when they have to confront an adversary that is hell-bent on claiming Charlene?

Brenda Scruggs did a wonderful job of creating characters that were real and relatable. The element of surprise, romance, and suspense was great and very well built. The scenarios were real, complex and believable. I loved the sweet love between Charlene and Charles, nothing was forced and Scruggs gave them time and the opportunity to fully explore their feelings for each other before they gave love a chance. The Chocolatier is a complete novel that gives you a sense of fulfillment and leaves you smiling.

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New Release from Susanne Dietze

Back cover blurb: Journey now to Ruby City, Idaho of 1866 where… A Marriage Mishap Creates an Awkward Love Triangle in this Silver Mining Town Looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice is pleased to marry her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham, until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore—proceeded by the title Deputy. Is it possible to marry the wrong man? When the newlyweds realize, they’ve married the wrong partners with similar names, an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own, not to mention Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . . Picture

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Cover Reveal “Protector”

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Detective Michaela Kendall’s abduction at the age of fourteen left her with a burden of becoming a self-appointed protector. The brutalization of her capture left her without any memory of the horrible ordeal except for terrifying dreams of Atelic Horton, her captor. When he escapes from prison, she knows it’s her duty to capture him. Circumstances throw her together with Marshal Ray Steele, an encounter she wanted to forget but it seems he didn’t take too kindly to a gun being pointed in his face. His rough and tuff cowboy ways are known for upholding the law to any measure within the bounds of Justice.

When Michaela and Ray set out to find the prisoner they soon find out they need each other but the journey is full of twists and danger. Ray proves to be her protector on more than one occasion. Somewhere along the way, Michaela sees him in a different light, that not all men were the same. But, lurking in the shadows, Atelic watches from a distance ready to make his move.

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Romance Blurbs

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 Wellington Cross Series

This is a historical romance series set in the late 1800s.

Welcome to my world of Wellington Cross.  I want you to close your eyes with me and imagine yourself on a plantation on the James River in old Virginia, sitting on a veranda gazing at the billowy boughs of tall oaks and magnolia trees.  Oh, the heat finds you where you are, so see yourself drinking a cup of tea or a mint Julep.  Or take a bottle of Madeira wine and a blanket down by the river and watch the sunset, feeling the warm wet southern breezes against your face and deeply inhale the scent of jasmine so sweet it becomes one with your soul.  This is the world of Wellington Cross, and I want to take you there.  This plantation has more stories than you can imagine.  So many stories, you will need to shoo them away with your hands like lightning bugs.  Sit for a spell and read about a world away from our own and far in the past.  You may just want to stay.

If you want to list your romance novel for February just email it to me. scruggs3@nctc.com

 

 

 

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Romance Writer’s

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During this week’s shopping, I noticed that a few shops are already filling the empty Christmas space with Valentine product. Each year, it seems the next celebrated day is being advertised earlier and earlier. I’m not sure I like that since that means I’m getting older sooner. (laugh).

So, even though, it’s still December, I’m getting this advertisement out there. On my blog for February, I’ll be posting excerpts of Romance Novels. (Sorry, no erotic) If you’d like to have your novel featured so that it gets some attention, please feel free to email an excerpt and pic of book. Scruggs3@nctc.com.

It’s not to late, if you’d like to be featured in January for Business. Just click on the Business Women feature in my blog posts to get information.

I strongly believe in People helping people. So, if my blog helps you get sales, then I’m glad to help.

Merry Christmas and Happy Valentine’s whoop’s maybe, I should wait on the Valentine’s Day.

 

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Book Signing at The Chocolate Covered Strawberry

This past Saturday, I got to enjoy doing a book signing at, The Chocolate Covered Strawberry. (The Chocolatier). The atmosphere was so delightful and the crew was amazing. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping by trying their exquisite dinning and experience the unique boutique. Thanks, Berry for having me!

The day started with the setup of my table, which I think turned out pretty well. The hostess brought me a Hot Chocolate which was nice. (It was sooo good!) That’s it on the table – YUM!

Then, a swarm of people flooded in as the doors opened. I was stunned by the amount of, people that approached my table. When it slowed down, I walked around and handed out bookmarkers and postcards. It was a productive and nice experience. And, it all started by simply sending out a letter and postcard of my book to the owner saying that I thought my book. “The Chocolatier,” would make a nice addition to her boutique. The book signing was a plus.      

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The Path of the Child

I would like to promote a fellow authors book! I hope the teaser inspires you venture through the pages.

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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined.

After being befriended by Robert Reynolds, windows of opportunity open for Melanie. Accordingly, the road to discovery divulges there may be reasons for her strange home life. The reasons she never imagined until she begins unraveling the documents hidden away.

Out of the discovery of the secrets, lies, and deceptions, come the possibility for exciting changes. Perhaps along with the answers, comes the opportunity for genuine happiness.

A suspenseful story that will engage your heart and mind with hopefulness and admiration for Melanie’s courage and willingness for self-discovery and personal growth.