Wednesday Special Spotlight recipe for Mock Champagne

Getting ready for New Year’s Eve.

C.D. Hersh

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On our

Mock Champagne Recipe

Mock Champagne Cranberry Sangria by the glass
(original recipe by C.D. Hersh)

For each 8-ounce champagne glass you will need:

    Cork Shot Out From a Bottle of Champagne

    1/4 cup brewed Hibiscus Watermelon tea (we use Republic of Tea brand)

    1/8 cup brewed Chamomile honey and vanilla tea (we use Twinings brand)

    Sparking apple cider

    1 rounded TBS jellied cranberry sauce (smooth or whole berry)

    Fresh fruits (grapes, whole cranberries, pineapple chunks, peeled sliced star fruit, or peeled kiwi—or fruits of your choice)

    Short skewer or sizzle stick


Thread fruits on a skewer or swizzle stick and set aside.

Place teas and cranberry sauce in the glass. Mix until sauce dissolves. Fill glass with sparkling apple cider. Enjoy!

In an 8-ounce champagne flute, place ¼ cup white grape juice and 1/8 cup Chamomile tea. Fill glass with regular or diet ginger ale. To give the drink a…

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Give The Gift Of Reiki Sessions, Guided Meditations and Workshops

When I’m not writing romance, I’m a Reiki Master Practitioner/Teacher.


Reiki Session

Gift Certificates can be redeemed within one year.

60 minutes of relaxing Reiki. Your recipient chooses between a virtual session or a phone session.

You will be contacted by email to complete details when payment is confirmed.


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Guided Meditation Gift Certificate

Guided Meditations are one hour long, with fifteen minutes of discussion following the meditation.

Available virtually through Messenger Video or Zoom.

You will be contacted by email to complete details when payment is confirmed.

Gift Certificates can be redeemed within one year.


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Reiki Workshop Gift Certificate

Choose from a variety of workshops:

Reiki For Couples, Families, & Groups (Level II & Up)

Reiki Divination (Level I & Up)
Animal Reiki (Level II & Up)

Chakra Balancing (Level I & Up)

The Reiki Bracelet (Level 1 & Up)

Available virtually through Messenger Video or Zoom.

You will be…

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Wednesday Special Spotlight Kale and Butternut Squash Minestrone #Soup by @ChrisPavesic

Soup weather is coming to Dallas soon!

C.D. Hersh

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On

Our special guest Chris Pavesicwho brings us a recipe and a good book to love.

This recipe is hearty, delicious, and healthy. Hard to beat a trio like that. Add a crusty roll, salad, and your favorite beverage to create a superb lunch or dinner.

Kale and Butternut Squash Minestrone
1 tbsp. olive oil
¾ cup diced onion
½ cup thinly sliced celery
2 cups butternut squash, peeled (reserve rest of squash for another time) and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
3 cups water
¾ tsp. dried rosemary
¼ tsp. salt or to taste
⅛ tsp. black pepper or to taste
2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves (lightly packed) stems removed
4 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in soup pot/Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and…

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You Can Call Me Jenna…

Leigh Goff

The mystery guest interview today is with Jenna Ashby, a self-described cool eco-warrior from Koush Hollow.

Unknown-10What’s your full name?

Technically it’s Jennifer Ashby, but don’t call me Jennifer. Rayna, my mother, calls me that. I prefer Jenna (most of the time) and my middle name is Crossland, which is my mother’s maiden name, however, I have a feeling that’s not really what it’s supposed to be…

Tell us about your parents.

They divorced when I was little and I moved with my dad from Koush Hollow outside of New Orleans to Atlanta. I was fifteen when my dad died tragically last year, and I had to move back to live with Rayna. She’s rich, ambitious, and she pretty much has my whole life planned out for me, which is so not going to happen. One day she wants me to take over her exclusive social club, the Diamonds &…

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Wednesday Special Spotlight Southern Gothic book from YA author Leigh Goff

Congratulations to our friend Leigh and to all the readers who have been waiting for this book to be released.

C.D. Hersh

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On

An exciting Southern Gothic book from creative YA author Leigh Goffwho brings us a sneak peek. Be sure to get your copy today!

Koush Hollow:
Where bayou magic abounds and all that glitters…is deadly.

After her father’s untimely death, Jenna Ashby moves to Koush Hollow, a bayou town outside of New Orleans, dreading life with her wealthy mother.

As the sixteen-year-old eco-warrior is introduced to the Diamonds & Pearls, her mother’s exclusive social club, she comes to the troubling realization that secrets are a way of life in Koush Hollow.

How do the Diamonds & Pearls look so young, where does their money come from, and why is life along the bayou disappearing?

As Jenna is drawn into their seductive world, her curiosity and concerns beg her to uncover the truth. However, in this town where mysticism abounds and secrets are deadly, the truth…

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Friday Feature Meals to Make together from @SloaneTaylor2

Sloane Taylor’s latest cookbook!

C.D. Hersh

Friday Features’

Guest talks about

Meals to Make Together


Sloane Taylor

Introducing the latest in her
Meals to Make Together series!
Romance meets Outdoor Dining
Why not share a summer night with someone special?
What better than a sizzling romantic dinner, candles, wine and music?

Create 45 delicious and complete dinners for two that can be cooked on your grill or stove. No exotic or expensive ingredients needed. These 103 recipes use everyday products already in your kitchen cabinets. Increasing the dinners is a snap for those fun nights friends or family join you.

You’ll love Date Night Dinners Sizzling Summer, Book 2 in the Meals to Make Together series, because great food is the doorway to infinite possibilities.

Here’s one of the recipes to whet your appetite.

Add a little romance to a starry evening with a delicious dinner perfect for two. Uncork the wine and enjoy!

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New Release for Author Tina Ruiz

This is a great story!

Author Carol Browne

Congratulations to Tina Ruiz on the release of her 30th children’s book!

The story is about Peppa Roni and her twin brother, Reece A. Roni, who are having their 9th birthday party in the neighborhood restaurant. What makes this story different from any other children’s book, are the names which the author has given to her characters. Example: Tess Ding, Chris P. Bacon, Mr. Noah Lott, Harry Pitts, Miss Turi, Walter Melon, Judge Mental and his wife, Judy, etc…

The storyline is quite charming, and because you will try to figure out the double meaning of the fun names while you read, this is bound to become your child’s favorite book.

This delightful paperback book is another wonderful collaboration from writer Tina Nykulak Ruiz and illustrator Ishika Sharma. This creative duo knows how to put life and fun into children’s books to encourage young people to read. As with…

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Ruvi Drink Taste Test + Review

From my holistic health site,

By Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant since 2005

Ruvi is a brand of drink powders that are sold in variety packs or individual flavoers. Your first order comes with a mixing cup and blender ball, which work well and look good.

*This review is not sponsored. I purchased all of the products and these opinions are my own. Price per serving is between $3.00 and $5.00, depending on how much you buy in your order. Price variables include free shipping, sales, and various mutli-pack offerings.

I am always impressed by a convenience product that doesn’t contain anything except the fruits and vegetables I’m looking for, which Ruvi does.

Ruvi comes in four flavors. I’ll review each one separately.


Tangy! I made mine into a smoothie with blueberries, protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk. If I wanted it sweeter, I would have started with a banana instead of blueberries. It…

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Let’s Recommend | Women in Translation

For your#weekendreads and #book #TBR.

Callum McLaughlin

August is Women in Translation Month. As the name suggests, it’s a time when we’re all encouraged to reach for and discuss books written by women in translation, to combat the gender imbalance that continues to persist within international literature. Last year, I recommended 8 titles for those looking to get involved, and while I stand by those picks, I wanted to highlight some more in case anyone is particularly keen to boost their TBR before the month kicks off!

I’ve linked to each book in case you’d like to know more or pick up a copy, but without further ado, here are 10 excellent books by women in translation.

Loyaltiesby Delphine de Vigan | France | Translated from the French by George Miller

53415025__SY475_As the title suggests, this is primarily a look at the concept of loyalty in its various forms. With each of the 4 main characters…

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Influential Women: Enheduanna – High-Priestess, Astronomer, First Known Author

Who was the first author? Read about her here.

Under the influence!

File:Disk of Enheduanna.JPG from Wikimedia Commons – Author: Mefman00CC0

Daughter of Sargon

The world’s first known author is widely attributed to have been the daughter of Sargon (1) of Akkad in the 23rd century BC. We know her today as Enheduanna, which may have been a title of office, in which case her real name is unknown. She was the High Priestess of Nanna-Suen, a moon deity of Mesopotamia presiding over his temple complex in the city of Ur. The “En” part of her name signifies “leadership” and “ heduanna,” means “Ornament of Heaven” reflecting the divinity she served.

Clearly, she was of very high status in the society of her time and her writing was greatly influential then and in later times. Considerable parts of her work still exist in her original poetic form which has been influential in various religious systems throughout history.

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