Friday, November 10, 2017

November: A Farewell to Autumn by Loree Lough and Cerella Sechrist


Now that we’ve put National Deviled Eggs Day (2nd), turning back our clocks for Daylight Savings Time (5th), and Marooned without a Compass Day (6th) behind us, we thought it might be fun to highlight a few more weird ‘national days’:

Feel free to have fun on Clean Your Fridge Day (15th), put that cake of yeast you found in the butter bin to use for Homemade Bread Day (17th), and drive your family and friends bonkers with all manner of trivia for National Absurdity Day on the 20th!

And what kind of pals would we be if we didn’t let you know that November is Adopt a Turkey Month!




Yes, National Authors’ Day (1st) is also behind us, but we can’t help but wonder…did you acknowledge National Family Literacy Day (also the 1st)? We know how we’ll celebrate I Love to Write Day (on the 15th)!



By now, you know how fond we are of cooking and baking (and eating!), so we’re sure you aren’t surprised that we want to share two of our favorite Thanksgiving-type recipes with you:

Au Gratin Potato Casserole (You can enlarge and print the recipe card at this link.)





Grandmom’s Chocolate Cake (You can enlarge and print the recipe card at this link.)



With Thanksgiving right around the corner (25th), we’re compelled to draw your attention to two of our Heartwarming novels: Did Sam Marshall hear yes or no when he proposed to Finn during the big turkey dinner scene in The Firefighter’s Refrain? And what did Rory say after Sawyer realized the possibility of his early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis would jeopardize their future together in A Song for Rory? Much as we’d love to share ‘spoilers,’ we’d rather see you read the stories to find out!

And have you seen the covers for our next Heartwarming releases? Bringing Rose Home from By Way of the Lighthouse series by Loree releases in January, and The Way Back to Erin (the third installment in Cerella's Findlay Roads Story series) is coming in February! Both books are available for pre-order now!








Until we see you again in December, we wish all of you a bountiful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!



About Loree:

With nearly 7,000,000 books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough's titles have earned numerous 4- and 5-star reviews and industry awards. She splits her time between her home in Baltimore and a cabin in the Alleghenies (where she loves to show off her “Identify the Critter Tracks” skills). She has 115 books in print. Loree loves to hear from her readers and answers every letter, personally. Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and www.loreelough.com!




About Cerella:

 CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. A Song for Rory, Book #2 in her "A Findlay Roads Story" series, is her fourth Harlequin Heartwarming novel.

41 comments:

  1. Great post and recipes, not to mention some lovely covers!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! We're pretty fond of those covers, ourselves! Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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    2. Thank you, Liz! I agree, love these covers! The Heartwarming art department did another stellar job!

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  2. My mind freezes with all these National Days! I can barely remember the biggies and as we roll into November there seems so much going on! I do love your posts and sharing the recipes is fabulous. To be honest, I DO print them out and try them on my friends. When I was growing up my mother always asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday. It was always chocolate cake with white icing. This one looks scrumptious and I will try it. Great post, ladies!

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    1. Let me know when you get the batter going for that cake, Catherine...I'll hop a plane and help you eat it! Hope your weekend is wonderful!

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    2. Thanks, Catherine! I'm always interested to see what sort of funny national days pop up every month. My favorite is Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. ;)

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    3. I love that one, too, Cerella! Arrggh!

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  3. I'm wondering if a turkey would be an easier pet than my dog, and I'm definitely going to try the potatoe recipe.

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    1. My paternal grandfather raised turkeys when he was headmaster of a boys' reform school. Believe me, they aren't easier than dogs! LOL You'll love that potato recipe, by the way! Have a terrific weekend!

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    2. lol, Pam! I think the trick would be to not have a turkey and a a dog at the same time. Now, that could be challenging. ;)

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    3. If you DID have a dog and a turkey at the same time, what would you hear more? Barking? Or gobbing! LOL

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  4. Who knew there were so many National Days? I especially love National Absurdity Day, which seems to roll around quite often in my life. As for National Clean the Fridge Day...well, best left untouched - literally. I love the covers and plot premises of your upcoming releases and as for the recipes...always grateful. Thanks Loree and Cerella!

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    1. I hear ya, Janice! It's mind-boggling to see the long lists of national days that pile up every month! (And don't feel bad; I didn't celebrate Clean the Fridge Day, either. LOL) If you try those recipes, let us know how many rave reviews you got! Happy weekend, m'friend!

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    2. It's crazy on the National Days, isn't it? I wonder who establishes these things. We need a National Heartwarming Day! :D

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    3. Someone in this list agrees with you (but I forget who), and I think we should look into it!

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  5. I think I might try the potato recipe too. Thanks!

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    1. You won't be sorry, T.R., it's fantastic! Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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    2. It's scrumptious, T.R., especially during this chilly weather we're having in PA! Give it a try!

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    3. Here in Baltimore, too! When I finish this, I have to put the heater into my birdbath. There was 1/2" of ice on the water this morning!

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  6. So looking forward to your next books, ladies. Those recipes look too yummy for words. I'm sure my calendars don't list all of those fun days. Where would we go to propose "National Heartwarming Day"?
    Although I seriously need to pay attention to clean the fridge day.

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    1. I LOVE the idea of National Heartwarming Day. Do we need to go anywhere? Let's do it!

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    2. My calendar doesn't list any of those days either, Roz. A good thing, since I barely have room to scribble all the 'stuff to do' in those inch-big squares! As for the National Heartwarming Day, I'm all for it ... and I intend to look into that!

      FYI: I didn't celebrate Clean the Fridge Day...

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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    3. lol, Roz! I said the same thing above, on a National Heartwarming Day, before I read your comment here! I'm with you - how do we make this happen??? ;)

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    4. I say we take a page from Nike and just DO it!

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  7. Fun post, ladies! Some friends of mine just "adopted" a turkey. They bought it for dinner but it fell in love with their chickens. Now it just runs around the pen like part of the flock. Lol. Always love your recipes. I'll be making those potatoes.

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    1. You'll love that potato recipe, Carol and M.K.! It's a hit around here, all year long. As for adopting a turkey? I think I'll stick with my candle turkey, my quilted turkey, and the one that steams up my turkey platter! Enjoy your weekend, ladies!

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  8. Thanks for the post--and the reminder dates. I didn't know there was an "I love to write" day. My second Heartwarming, Something to Treasure, also is a January release--it's a real honor to be in such good company!

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    1. I feel honored to share January with you, too, Virginia! Hope your weekend is fantastic!

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    2. Congrats on your second upcoming release, Virginia! You are definitely in good company, among any of the Heartwarming authors, but especially Loree! :)

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  9. Who knew November was so eventful? Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I'm looking forward to the next books.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Beth! My apologies for not welcoming you properly...with a cup of hot coffee and a slice of that cake! Happy weekend!

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    2. Thanks, Beth! I hope your November is filled not only with National Days but many thinks to be thankful for!

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  10. Please don't remind me of Clean the Fridge day!! Although you should as I have green stuff growing in a dish...Love your new covers as well as the old ones. :-)

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    1. Oh, I hear ya, Patricia! And FYI? I didn't celebrate Clean the Fridge Day, either! Have a great weekend!

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    2. LOL, Patricia! You might have to tackle that fridge sooner rather than later. Good luck! And have a great weekend!

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  11. I actually do have yeast that I bought with intentions to make homemade bread so I’m glad there’s a national day for that. ( :
    Looking forward to the upcoming new releases.

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    1. When my new bread machine arrived, I had to toss my jar of yeast, too. It was (are you sitting down?) SIX YEARS OLD! hahaha

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  12. Great post! I'm pretty sure I gained 10 pounds just reading the recipes lol! They sound so delicious...as do the books!

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    1. LOL Rula! Thanks for stopping by! We wish you and yours a happy, healthy Thanksgiving ‘

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