"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A TrulySimplyPink Happy New Year!

So as many of you know and others are about to find out...New Years is a dubious holiday around here...lol...New Years Eve is an anniversary for me. It was 19 years ago today that I found a lump while in the shower...and the rest, as they say, is history...I have told my story a few times here and that is not what this post is about...so that will not happen here...not this time...Let me just say that Chinese Food is no longer on the NYE menu in our house...lol...
Anyway, we have had a lovely holiday around here in Pinkville thus far:) I have been home from work since last Friday and the Bowl Games have been on the screen non stop. I love them! 
Christmas was a low key affair. My daughter is a grown up 21 and so we arise as we wish and leisurely open gifts and then have a breakfast casserole. This year we went tech for gifts. My husband and daughter were very good to me and I am the very spoiled owner of a brand new Galaxy Tab3 and  the rose gold Galaxy Gear watch!
I call it my Dick Tracy watch...lol...
But he also surprised me with a diamond and pink sapphire bracelet! I cannot complain! My daughter gifted me with a new pandora bracelet and Christmas charm. She also gave me an Alex and Ani stand up to cancer bracelet!
WOW! I told you that I was spoiled! 
We had a very nice visit with my family last Saturday as my sister was down from New York State:) 
This week I have kept it very low key. I have done some reflecting and a lot of thinking about 2013 and the coming year also.
So what about it!?! 
I have mentioned in a previous post that 2013 was a challenge at the workplace. That is a rather mild way to put it...
However, I have decided that I need to make some adjustment with regard to the situation...I have already taken one step and have spoken to my MD about that...
Now the rest is up to me...
So, I hear that the thing to do now a days is to pick a word for the year. I have chosen Positive to be my word...I am not generally known to be a negative person. I am known to be a usually funny good humored person, I think, but it is easy to be sucked into a negative atmosphere...and that is what I am after avoiding!
Sometimes that is hard to remember.
I am not making resolutions really. I just want to try to live a certain way...Perhaps a list of suggestions? I am very dedicated to the things in my life that are important to me. Sometimes too much so...I need to learn to limit myself and manage things so that I am not so easily overwhelmed. I believe that because of that feeling some of the things that are important to me were becoming a burden.
Perhaps I need to prioritize or cut back a little. This needs work. 
I may need to revisit this post in the future and spruce it up...
I think I may be talking a few lifestyle changes here.
I have already gotten a few needlework patterns with the intention of getting back to a hobby I used to enjoy very much before the advocacy bug bit me:)
 But, enough for now...
Here's to 19 years...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All She Wants for Christmas: Blog Tour!

About ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS: George Clauson is Santa's daughter, but she can't stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people's greedy wants? No, thank you. She's left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher.

Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it.

George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn't interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben's used to saving the day, but he can't rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work together despite their opposing heritages to make the Season bright?

 
Excerpt:
The sound of his voice sent a visible shiver catapulting up her spine and she quite suddenly lost her balance. She clung to the banister, cringing at the snapping sound made by her narrow heel as it separated from the body of her shoe. “Blast!”
In a heartbeat’s moment, she felt two hands on her waist, stopping her from falling. “Whoa there. Easy. Are you all right?”
In the night chill, George could feel his warm breath on the back of his neck. It made her mind whirl and she felt woozy and faint. “Sorry about that,” she said, feeling the utter fool. Her hands touched his and while her mind said, you don’t need his help, every other fiber of her being howled Don’t let go!
She turned enough to face him. Standing there on the step above him made her slightly taller than he. A sensation she was quite familiar with, but not with someone she knew to be quite tall himself.
They stood with their faces inches apart. In the night air, their breath rose in white clouds and became one, dissipating into the night, forgotten.
“I’m not usually so clumsy,” she admitted, praying her voice would work. She needed something to work, but evidently her blood had stopped flowing because she felt frozen in her spot.
Ben blinked once, then again. “Neither am I.”
She was about to ask what he meant when their lips met. Had she moved, or had he? She wasn’t sure. The only thing she knew for certain was that her heart was pounding so hard that at any moment it might burst right through her skin. As she breathed in, she sensed herself drowning in a distinctly masculine scent, one she had noticed before but hadn’t felt consumed by. No man on earth deserved to smell this good. Oh…but every woman on earth deserved a moment like this.

           OK...So...Whew....I read this with someone singing "Baby it's Cold Outside" in the background!...lol...I don't think so!...lol

So I think that maybe you should run out and pick this one up..it sounds like a winner to me:)
 
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop!


Wow! What fun! So hop on over to all of the participants and pick up a few prizes along the way:)


Here at TrulySimplyPink "simply" leave a comment and you will be entered to win a book...I have several for the winner to choose from and so don't worry that you may have already read it! The Hop runs through the 20th and so I will pick the winner on the 21st! 
Here is the link to visit the other participants!!


I am very excited to be a part of a Christmas blog hop! and so I hope you are too! 


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Truly Simply Pink Thanksgiving!

Today is traditionally a day to be thankful...and as I sit here watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and enjoying the first day of a four day weekend (for which I am more than thankful) I feel the need to reflect on the things for which I am thankful...

Speaking of the four day weekend...I must force myself to acknowledge the fact that I need to be thankful for the job that I have that pays the bills. I say it that way because, of late there is much discontent at said job...I am very happy with the chance to provide the service that I do...I am an embryologist...as such, I make embryos for those that cannot...I am thankful that I am able to do that for those that need this service so badly. What I am not happy with is the recent and ever so many changes that have occurred, not the least of which is the location...That is all that I will say here...I am still very happy and proud that I am able to do the job...for 30 years now...well... 24 of those working on embryos:)...I see a little blue box in my future!
I am thankful for my little family that should have been bigger...and I am very thankful that I am still here to enjoy them...
I am thankful to have just celebrated another big birthday! Number 55!

Two of the ones I am thankful for...lol
Aren't they cute:)

Following that theme, I am thankful for my very pink world and all that that has entailed! I love all of you and I know that you all love me! I have had many amazing opportunities along the way, and met and made friends with some amazing people.
I do not want to draw this out so I will conclude with this...
Spend this day in Joy...and reflection!


Go Ravens!


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RELEASE DAY!!!!! Hard as it Gets! First in a new Series!!




Our Lady has done it again! 
Laura Kaye, best selling author, has released the first book in her new Hard Ink Series...TODAY!
And...There is the book Trailer...

Did you enjoy it...

I hope so:) The book is out today and here is the buy link for amazon...

                                                               

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Stranded with a Hero! Blog Tour...

Blog Tour Media Kit

Stranded with a Hero by Karen Erickson, Cindi Madsen, Roxanne Snopek and Coleen Kwan

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Bliss

Date of Publication: November 11, 2013

ISBN: 9781622663842

ASIN: B00G1IWYK4

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Book Description:

Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson
Mindy can’t believe she's stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan
Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi's relationship becomes eruptive.

An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen
The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother's ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she'd stay forever.

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek
Frankie Sylva was determined to free the reindeer cruelly held for a holiday roadshow, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.


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USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Digitally published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.






 About Cindi Madsen


Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, adult contemporary romances Falling for Her FiancĂ© and Act Like You love Me, and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.






 About Roxanne Snopek


Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on more love stories for Entangled Publishing.







 About Coleen Kwan


Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.






Excerpt: 
“Well, I’m like that old, comfortable sweatshirt you own. You know, the extra-soft one that you’ve had forever but can always count on to make you feel warm?”
She frowned. “Okay...”
“And Marty was the trendy, never-before-worn leather jacket that looked great and cost a fortune but always made you feel a little uncomfortable. Not that you ever let that stop you,” Josh explained further.
Huh. That was quite the comparison. He could be right though. Back then she could always count on Josh being there no matter what. He was her rock. She’d missed having him in her life so much, it was as if he’d left a physical hole inside her heart. A hole that had slowly healed over time, though the scar was still there.
Having Josh in front of her again—being sweet, laughing with her, reminiscing, reminding her exactly what she missed about having him in her life—scared her to death.
She missed his friendship. She wanted it back. She wanted him back in her life. But what if he didn’t feel the same? What if he didn’t want to renew their friendship?
Mindy didn’t know if she could take Josh leaving her again. Well, last time you left him.
Right. She didn’t need the reminder. She never said she was a
particularly smart teenage girl when it came to relationships. Why had she been so blind to what Josh offered her? “So you’re calling yourself an old, ratty sweatshirt.” She was teasing. Josh was the farthest thing from a gross, old sweatshirt.
“Yeah, I guess I am. But one that always feels good, you know? One you can count on.” His eyes lit with humor, and he raised his brows, his lips quirking into a smile. “Right?”
“I’ve never seen a guy so pleased with being compared to an old piece of clothing.” Shaking her head, she laughed, loving how light she felt.
How easy it was between them.
Comfortable. Warm. Like her favorite sweatshirt.
Mindy frowned. Josh Powers was quickly becoming her new favorite old thing—and that might be a very bad thing.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Release Day! A day Late:(



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Santa to the Rescue by Adele Downs

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Synopsis

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn't go back on his word; never hurt a woman; and lasting love isn't a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don't offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can't keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather's favorite song to prove he's got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

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Neighbors by L.S. Murphy

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Email: LSMurphy524@gmail.com Website: http://lsmurphy.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/LSMurphy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LSMurphyAuthor Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5046440.L_S_Murphy Tumblr: http://lsmurphybooks.tumblr.com/ Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/l-s-murphy/12/218/140

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Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.

After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?

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On His List by Wendy Sparrow

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Email: Wendy@WendySparrow.com Website: http://wendysparrow.com/ Blog: http://wendysparrow.com/blog/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WendySparrow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Sparrow/471652932872034 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3346109.Wendy_Sparrow

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"Where can I take you, Mr. Savoy?"

That was how Remy Maison’s day began, not the glamorous world of guarding underwear from her creepy landlord on laundry day, but taking her brother’s place as driver for businessman Owen Savoy. And what was with this guy? Yeah, he’s hot and all, with eyes like melted chocolate and a lean, sexy figure she’d love to explore, but Remy’s never met anyone so rigid.

Owen has a list for everything. He’s planned the entire day down to the smallest detail. All Remy has to do is stick to the list, but she never follows the rules‚ there’s no freaking way. So why is she spending all her time looking in the rearview mirror, hoping she’ll make Owen’s next list?

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Christmas Cookie Collection Blog Tour





Blurb
There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.
Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.
Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she’s ever loved.
Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .
Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.
Grace: It’s Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn’s car hits a patchof ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . .to save her and their unborn child.

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Here's a recipe from the book!

Raylene Pringle's Adults Only Chocolate Pecan Balls (From Lori Wilde)

One (9-ounce) package chocolate graham crackers
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup good bourbon (use a good quality bourbon)
2 tablespoons golden syrup (may substitute light corn syrup)

In a food processor pulse graham crackers cookies until they are finely ground. Add the pecans and pulse to incorporate. Add the confectioner's sugar, two tablespoons of the cocoa powder, and cinnamon combine those as well. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the bourbon and the golden syrup. Using a big spoon, stir everything together until well combined. The mixture should look crumbly. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and let it chill for 30 minutes.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of cocoa powder on a plate. Using a tablespoon, scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and shape it into one-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder. Put the balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until they are firm, about one hour. Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Separate layers of balls with wax paper to prevent sticking. Serve to Adults Only.
Enjoy!



Friday, November 8, 2013

Throwing Heat by Jennifer Seasons: Tasty Book Tours



Throwing Heat
Diamonds and Dugouts #3
By: Jennifer Seasons

Blurb
Nightclub manager Leslie Cutter has never been one to back down from a bet. So when Peter Kowalskin, pitcher for the Denver Rush baseball team, bets her that she can’t keep her hands off of him, she’s not about to let the arrogant, sexy playboy win. Especially when the prize could put her business on the map. She’s got this in the bag, just so long as she can stay out of his arms…and his bed.
Peter struck out once before with Leslie, but this bet is sure to be the second chance he’s been waiting for. Determined to stoke the passion he knows is there, he’ll do anything to win - even if it means playing a little dirty.
But as things heat up, this combustible pair will have to decide just how much they’re willing to wager on one another…and on a future that just might last forever.



Well I gotta say that this was a super fun read:) I am a woman that loves baseball and so this one was right up my alley! I have read the first two in the series and so just had to grab this one and Ms. Seasons did not disappoint...( I think she must love baseball too) OK and hot baseball players...She is pretty good with natural dialogue and so the banter makes this one a joy to read...My advice to you? Pick this one up and prepare to enjoy the ride...
I give this one a solid 



Author Info
Jennifer Seasons is a Colorado transplant. She lives with her husband and four children along the Front Range, where she enjoys breathtaking views of the mighty Rocky Mountains every day. A dog and two cats keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, exploring her beautiful adopted home state.

Author Links: http://www.jenniferseasonsbooks.com/books.html
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: All She Wants for Christmas...

About ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS: George Clauson is Santa's daughter, but she can't stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people's greedy wants? No, thank you. She's left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher. Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it. George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn't interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben's used to saving the day, but he can't rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work together despite their opposing heritages to make the Season bright?


 Well I hope so! I love a good holiday read, don't you!?! Pick this one up:)


About Sara Olds: Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains. Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law. Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she's moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she'll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways she never could have imagined—teaching history to—wait for it—8th Graders. Her stories consume her. There's nothing she'd rather do than spend all day, all night and the next day conversing with her latest set of characters. History, adventure, action, romance, humor. Adults, YA and kids. Yep, she does it all. Looking for something to enjoy on a quiet rainy afternoon? Or wanting a pulse-pounding, stay up all night turning pages adventure? Or a you've-GOT-to-be-kidding romp? You'll find them in her pages. Sara’s social media links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/saravolds Website: http://www.saravolds.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaraVOlds a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 27, 2013

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF...Say what!?!



Four Weddings and a Werewolf
Seattle Wolf Pack #2

To have and to howl…

Logan Black, former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.

Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but hates them. One bit her sister, changing their lives forever. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand.

The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together seems fated, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, these two need more than passion to keep them together.




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BAD COP! He's Coming!


Bad Cop by Angela McCallister
Bad Mouth Sequel

A cop who tosses the rulebooks to get his way…

Vampire Ian McCready doesn’t care for Alice Capshaw’s opinions about his version of justice. Her humanity makes her off-limits, but that does nothing to lessen his overwhelming desire for her. To Alice, Ian is just another bad cop as detestable as the one who destroyed her family. She’s attracted to him, yes, but he threatened his way into her agency’s murder case and has too many secrets.

When a new case resurrects ghosts Ian believed long dead and buried, his law-bending ways might result in his execution. The second Alice becomes a target, his cold heart flares into blinding existence. But following the law for her sake may end with devastating results.


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