Seaside Dreams Book Review and Tour

Seaside Dreams is a new series by one of my new favorite authors, Melissa Foster. It follows The sassy Bella who is in a transition phase of her life. Leaving her job and home in Connecticut to return to her beachside summer hangout. There she meets Caden, a cop who’s going through the trauma of losing his partner at his previous job and moves to the beach to put himself and his son back together. These two meet and sparks ignite. I was so enjoying this story from the moment they met outside Bella’s friends house. They were pranking her friend and got busted doing it, by a huge hottie police officer, enter Caden. This is just a fun story of a fun couple. Their friends and circumstances in life is real and rings true. It makes me wish I had a Seaside Dream to run away too! If this is your first Melissa Foster book it will not be your last! 

 

Now follow the tour and try to win a book or two.

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

SEASIDE DREAMS

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Buy the book from…

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Barnes and Noble     KOBO

About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

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Photobucket I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. ALSO AVAILABLE Books 1 – 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 – 3   Books 1 – 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 – 9   Books 1 – 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 – 14   Books 7 – 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 – 20   Books 1 – 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 – 24   NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!   Five lucky winners will each receive Taken by Love ebook the 1st book from the Braden cousins series Ending on Sunday 28th September at 11.59pm EST   Open Worldwide   Enter Below & Good Luck !!   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Seaside Dreams Book Tour

NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK #1

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

SEASIDE DREAMS

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Buy the book from…

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Barnes and Noble     KOBO

About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

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Photobucket I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

ALSO AVAILABLE Books 1 – 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 – 3

 

Books 1 – 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 – 9

 

Books 1 – 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 – 14

 

Books 7 – 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 – 20

 

Books 1 – 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 – 24

 

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!

 

Five lucky winners will each receive Taken by Love ebook the 1st book from the Braden cousins series Ending on Sunday 28th September at 11.59pm EST

 

Open Worldwide

 

Enter Below & Good Luck !!

 

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Red Gold Tomatoes Prize Package Giveaway 7/30 US

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I made those lovely meatball burgers last week. They were so tasty. After I made those burgers and came up with that lovely recipe Red Gold decided they wanted you to be able to get creative in the kitchen with your own gift pack. They are giving away a 6 pack of tomatoes and an apron to one of my lovely readers. All you need to do is enter by following the rafflecopter below. 

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Meatball Burger Recipe and Red Gold makes summer grilling Yummy! #redgold #recipe #ad

Red Gold is making summer grilling fun. First of all they are giving away 1000 aprons until July 23rd. Then they will also give away a grand prize of one of those big green egg grills and a  red gold grilling kit. I made something yummy and fun with my red gold kit. Check out my recipe and pics below. 

 

Meatball Burger Recipe

To make this yummy recipe I actually had to grill. I have not been a griller in my life. My husband is so good at it that when I tried we all were just disgusted. But he showed me what to do and I did it. They were such a hit with the family. Here’s the ingredients. 

meatball burger recipes

I mixed up 1 tsp italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 can of red gold tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano and cut up mozzerella cheese with my ground beef. 

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Then I grilled them on the grill. It wasn’t pretty but it wasn’t burned and they tasted great. 

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Then we added our favorite fixings. This was my hubby’s burger. He loves the salad he makes on top of his burger. :)

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Meatball burger recipe for everyone. 

The whole family thought they were a hit. And now for the recipe card so you can print out this amazing meatball burger recipe. 

Meatball Burger Recipe
Serves 5
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Prep Time
11 min
Cook Time
27 min
Total Time
38 min
Prep Time
11 min
Cook Time
27 min
Total Time
38 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1/3 can red gold basil garlic oregano tomatoes
  3. 1 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 tsp italian seasoning
  5. 1/8 bar of cut up mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Mix well. Pat into patties making a thumbprint in the middle for more even cooking. Grill.
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Fated for Love Book Review and a giveaway

Melissa Foster has done it again. A sweet story with some sparks of passion help move the plot along. It would be an excellent read at the lake or just on a Saturday hanging out lazing around in bed trying to get over your week. As with all the Braden books you learn about the family and friends as you read this one story. You can read it without reading any of the others. It is a great stand alone story. But it’s fun if you’ve read some of the others too. You get that glimpse into other Bradens that you didn’t know before picking up this sweet story! It’s a must read for me. Put it on your tbr pile for Goodreads and enjoy this sweet story of how the sweet and sassy librarian meets the tall, dark cowboy Wes. Sparks fly!

NEWLY RELEASED… Book #8 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #16 FATED FOR LOVE is the second of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies. Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague. Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are. THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Buy the book from….

Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com   Barnes and Noble   KOBO

About the Author Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

Follow the Author…

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Follow the Book Tour Photobucket ALSO AVAILABLE Books 1 – 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 – 3 Books 1 – 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 – 9 Books 1 – 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 – 14 MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON…… NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !! Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook the 1st book from the Remingtons series !! Ending on Sunday 7th August at 11.59pm EST Open Worldwide Enter Below & Good Luck !! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fated for Love Book Tour and giveaway

NEWLY RELEASED… Book #8 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #16 FATED FOR LOVE is the second of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies. Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague. Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are. THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Buy the book from….

Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com   Barnes and Noble   KOBO

About the Author Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

Follow the Author…

Facebook    Twitter    Google+    Goodreads    Pinterest

Follow the Book Tour Photobucket ALSO AVAILABLE Books 1 – 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 – 3 Books 1 – 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 – 9 Books 1 – 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 – 14 MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON…… NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !! Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook the 1st book from the Remingtons series !! Ending on Sunday 7th August at 11.59pm EST Open Worldwide Enter Below & Good Luck !! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Menu Monday use what you have! #planyourmeals #menumonday

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Occasionally it’s always good to eat whatever is in your fridge and freezer. It allows you to get out the old and then later on bring in the new. It also allows for you to not spend  money and make do with what you have. I don’t always do this. But I do tend to do it more in the summer when we go on vacation and then need our dollars to stretch until next paycheck. So yes, I am doing it again. LOL Sorry you’re having to see it again. But here’s what’s left in my fridge and what we will be eating for 9 days until my hubby gets paid.

Monday Bean burritos salsa and chips

Tuesday zuppa toscano soup copycat recipe from Olive Garden

Wednesday Beef stew in crockpot

Thursday grilled italian chicken sandwiches, baked potatoes zucchini crisps

Friday homemade pizza

Saturday  spaghetti with wine sauce and hamburger

Sunday white chicken chili

Monday fettucini alfredo, broccoli, carrot sticks

Tuesday beef tips over rice, salad, green beans

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Menu Monday #menu #planyourmeals

menu monday 1

After a week of vacation it’s time to get back at it. Time to plan meals for these kids on summer break. So here’s what we are having breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days! What are you eating? I need new ideas! 

 

Monday Breakfast fend for yourself Lunch turkey sandwiches Dinner peanut sesame noodles (dinner on Mondays tends to be meatless).

Tuesday Breakfast blueberry muffins Lunch PBJ Dinner Crockpot pork roast, corn, zucchini chips

Wednesday Breakfast cereal Lunch leftovers Dinner Beef stew in crock pot

Thursday Breakfast reheated waffles Lunch ramen noodles (they do actually ask for this and occasionally I let them have it) Dinner homemade pizza

Friday Breakfast leftover muffins Lunch leftover pizza, salad Dinner grilled italian chicken, zucchini crisps, and sliced tomato. 

Saturday Breakfast scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits Lunch sloppy joes Dinner hamburgers, french fries

Sunday Breakfast quiche, Lunch leftovers, Dinner white chicken chili made in slow cooker

5 tips to a long successful marriage

5 tips to a long successful marriage

5 tips to a long successful marriage

Divorce rates are high and not dropping, and people getting married today have a lot of questions on how they can avoid divorce. More importantly, though, they want to know what they can do to keep their marriage happy and successful. The following tips are just some of the key things to follow when making your marriage work.

 

Communicate the right way

There are right and wrong ways to communicate. Before you ever take the plunge to get married, determine your communication style and the style of your partner. If you are already married, you can still do this. Once you know how the two of you communicate, you can start to talk to each other in the manner that suits you both. This goes a long way in making sure you communicate effectively with one another.

Get a hobby

And not one with your spouse! You need space. They need space. Get a hobby that has nothing to do with them so that you can remain true to yourself. This will also make you have a more fulfilling life, which translates well into your marriage.

Respect boundaries

You need your space and so do they. Is the shed your husband’s domain? Does your wife love to spend time in the kitchen? Give them that space. Allow them to have that time to themselves and respect that they do things a certain way. Your wife may have the kitchen organized a certain way, or your husband may like his dresser drawers a certain way. Leave them that way! Don’t try to change them by pushing into their boundaries.

Accept your partner for who they are

Too often, we have these ideas of who our partner should be and we lose focus of who they actually are. Don’t project your fantasies onto them and see them for the person they are- the person you fell in love with. As time goes on, people can and do change Recognize that and give them that space to grow instead of keeping them in a role you have put them in.

Make time for your relationship

Jobs, kids, and life in general can get in the way of you being a couple. Make time for one another. Reconnect with your partner. Plan date nights, vacations, and even just a few hours out of the week where you two spend time together.

 

 

3 invitations that are easy, cheap, and quick to do for a late summer wedding

3 easy invitations for your summer wedding

3 invitations that are easy, cheap, and quick to do for a late summer wedding

One of the best things about summer weddings is their ability to be simple, easy, and still beautifully done. If you are planning a late summer wedding, you still have time to get that perfect invite that matches your theme and colors, and you can do it easily, cheaply, and quickly with one of these ideas.

Floral invites

Nothing says summer quite like flowers and bright colors. Incorporate both into your wedding with the invites. You can buy card stock in a light color, design an invite the way you’d like with a computer program like Photoshop, then print that one the card stock. Don’t just stop there, though! Really make it pop by adding in jewels to the center of the flowers, or if they are arranged like a bouquet, add twine or ribbon to make a 3-D tie for the bouquet. If you are good at painting, you can print everything in black and white and use paint (or even a marker) to high-light certain areas in the colors you want.

Nautical invites

Summertime is best by the water- so why not have a nautical themed wedding? The invites will really set the mood for this one. Try to do a plain invite on blue and white striped card stock. In the center, glue a yellow piece of paper that has your wedding info printed on it. At the top, glue a knotted piece of white rope and in one corner glue a 3-D anchor (you can pick up at craft stores in the scrapbook section). It’s really that easy to set the mood for a simple nautical wedding.

Lazy summer day

Summer has lots of great activities that you can get into and that you can fuse into your wedding. For example, hot air balloon rides, kite flying, and picnics are all ways to pass lazy summer days and they make great wedding themes. If you want a picnic wedding, for example, send out an invite on checkered card stock with cute wording that lets people know this will be a picnic. If you want a wedding where people fly kites during the reception, send out a kite-shaped invitation. The possibilities are endless and summer weddings really do allow for just about anything to take place.

 Nothing says wedding like the perfect wedding invitation. Why not make sure yours is beautiful, functional and inexpensive! 

 

 

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