News for #NOOK Readers! NOOK Press Presents! @DonnaFaz

Editors from NOOK Press have handpicked what they’re calling “the best books from emerging authors and new voices.” The collection is made up of 60 exciting titles meant to ignite your holiday reading. Check out the list to find some new favorites: NOOK Press Presents.

Yesterday, I was awed to learn that my new release—GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST—was chosen by the editors for the NOOK Press Presents List. Other authors who made it into the collection are Barbara Freethy, Belle Andre, Maggie Shayne, and Debbie Macomber, just to mention a few. I hope you'll take a moment to look through these wonderful titles.

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Have you been wanting a NOOK eReader? Or are you interested in buying a NOOK as a holiday gift? Find more information here.

Can't afford an eReader? Barnes & Noble offers a FREE NOOK app as well, that allows you to buy and read ebooks without purchasing an eReader. You can download to any mobile device. More information here.

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Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Orange Slices and Walnuts @DonnaFaz #recipes #foodie

On the fourth Thursday of November, families all over the United States gather together to eat delicious food, laugh with and love each other, and express gratitude for their blessings. This year, I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house, and this is one of my tried and true side dish recipes. 

Cranberry Sauce With Mandarin Oranges Slices and Walnuts   

2 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup orange juice (or water)
2 15-ounce cans mandarin orange slices, drained
3/4 cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted.

1. Toast walnuts in a 350° F oven for 6-10 minutes until fragrant and just turning golden. Do not burn the walnuts. The smaller the walnut pieces, the shorter the oven time. Set aside.

2. Add cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and juice to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. The berries will pop and break down during the cooking. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 30 minutes.

3. Gently stir in the walnuts and mandarin orange slices, being careful not to break down the orange slices. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours! 

New Release! A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER by @DonnaFaz #SweetRomance

Welcome to my new series, A Family Forever!

I have always enjoyed stories where two people—different as sea and sky—come together for the sake of a child and end up falling madly in love. As in all of my books, the main characters in A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER have plenty of foibles and flaws, but Sean and Nicki try to set aside their inner conflicts for a time and agree to a marriage-of-convenience in order to help little Sona become comfortable in her new home. However, once attraction sparks between the adults, both of these lonely people must confront their internal strife and find a way to a brighter future. I hope you enjoy the first book in my A Family Forever Series.

More about the book:

When Sean Hudson arrives to claim his new daughter, he discovers the adoption hinges on the impossible. Unless he finds a wife immediately, the tiny orphan will be snatched away from him forever. But before Sean can abandon hope, a beautiful stranger proposes a surprising solution—marriage.

Sean swears the love in his heart is only for his soon-to-be daughter. And that is perfect for Nicki Willis, whose restless spirit yearns to have a family for just a while. But the tenderness of Sean’s touch soothes Nicki’s fears as well as little Sona’s. Now Nicki aches to become a family forever… and she refuses to believe she can’t make this dream come true.

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Are You Young At Heart? by @DonnaFaz

Do you feel as old as your birth certificate claims you are? I don’t. I feel young at heart. In my head, I feel I am about half my real age, and I often marvel when I write down my birth year. No way, I tell myself. I am not that old. I believe each of us is an average of three “ages.”

Chronological Age: This is the age that is dictated by your date of birth. Are there eighteen candles on your birthday cake? Thirty-seven? Eighty-two? There’s nothing we can do to diminish the number of years we’ve been alive. (Well, nothing we’d want to do, anyway. A visit to the undertaker is something everyone wants to put off as long as possible.) Our chronological age is concrete and unchangeable.

Biological Age: This is the age of our physical bodies. How well do your lungs work? Your heart? Your muscles? How much extra fat do you carry around? There are lots of things we can do to keep our bodies younger. Physical activity, aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching, yoga—all these things will help keep your body fit and lower your biological age. You don’t have to do them all, but keeping active is very important. Eating fresh, nutritious food is another good way to give your brain and your body what it needs to feel young.

Psychological Age: You might not believe it, but how and what you think affects how you age. Are you curious about life? Do you love to learn new things? There are plenty of ways to enrich your psyche—learn a new language or skill, travel, take a dance class, read good books, listen to music, cook a new recipe, meditate, develop a rich spiritual life, go out of your way to meet new people, smile and love more, frown less. Cultivate confidence by making a What Makes Me Unique list. Learn to forgive; the anger it takes to hold onto a grudge can contribute to cardiovascular disease and a weakened immune system. Avoid negative thoughts and live from a place of gratitude. Learn to let go of the things you can’t control. I’m sure there are many other ways to keep a healthy mind and attitude. If you have some ideas, please share in the comment section.

As many of you know, I’ve been exercising regularly for about a year now. I’ve dropped some weight and I’m feeling so much better. I’ve never lost my curiosity, I always loved to learn new things, I laugh often (especially at myself), and I stay positive as much as possible. Because I’ve worked on lowering my biological and psychological ages, I’m sure that’s why I don’t feel my chronological age.

For those of you who don’t remember the classic song YOUNG AT HEART, it was sung by the unforgettable Frank Sinatra. He was famous during my father’s era. The lyrics include some great messages:

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Fairy tales can come true, 
it can happen to you
If you’re young at heart.
For it’s hard, you will find, 

to be narrow of mind
If you’re young at heart.

Don’t you know that it’s worth
every treasure on earth
To be young at heart.
For as rich as you are,
it’s much better by far
To be young at heart.
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So tell me, what do YOU do to stay young at heart?

The Cookbook Is Finally Here! #NewRelease @DonnaFaz

After seven long months of compiling, editing, organizing, rearranging, more editing, and many rounds of proof-reading, COOKING IN ALL DIRECTIONS is finally available for sale.

If you have enjoyed the recipes I post on my blog, now you can find them all in one place. The clickable table of contents allows you to quickly locate the recipe you want to make. The step-by-step instructions are, I hope, clear and easy to follow.

I included my grandmother’s macaroni and cheese recipe as well as the bonus information blog post called How To Grow Bean Sprouts which continues to be a much visited post on my blog.

COOKING IN ALL DIRECTIONS is available at these fine stores:

I hope you’ll look for it! Happy eating!

Cover Reveal ~ LOVE, CHRISTMAS 20 All New Holiday Stories #mgtab

♫♪  Put a song in your heart with 20 all-new Christmas Romances. ♫♪ 
From NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. 
Each brand-new title is inspired by a Christmas carol and 
will lift your spirits and bring on the holiday cheer.

Look at this beautiful cover!

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