Music Monday: Gabriel’s Message

by Jill Kemerer

Today is my final day as a contributor to Thoughts on Plot. I’ve been so blessed by all of the talented authors here as well as you, our dear readers. I recently signed a 4-book contract with Love Inspired which will keep me busy the next eighteen months. But even before the contract, my schedule had been bulging, and I was finding it increasingly difficult to meet my obligations.

I’m honored to have spent the past two years with you. I pray you had a happy and joyous Christmas, and blessings to you in 2017!

Before I say farewell, though, I’m sharing a beautiful and haunting version of Gabriel’s Message, by Sting. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Thank you again, and have a happy New Year!!

Jill Kemerer

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Heartwarming Thursday: The Beauty of Snow

by Jill Kemerer

We woke up to a light layer of snow last Sunday, and the flakes continued to fall all day. It’s funny how snow can evoke different moods. The tiny pellets pelted diagonally by brisk winds don’t make me ooh or ahh. Those little buggers turn into drifts, and you can tell just by looking at them they’ll sting your face if you walk outside.

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I’ve never been to Trillium Lake, but this picture (courtesy of adrian at Unsplash) is gorgeous!

The big, fat flakes make me happy. They’re cute and fun, and no, they won’t last. They tend to dissolve as soon as they hit the ground.

The mid-sized flakes, though–the ones that fall for hours on end–those bring a smile to my face. They accumulate as the day wears on, and they look so special, gently coming down. Beautiful.

Winter can be so bleak and dreary. The pretty leaves covering the trees are gone; the trunks and branches stand gray against the sky. It will be months before vivid red roses appear and green grass meets the eye. But sitting inside, watching it snow, brings a beauty all its own.

What do you find beautiful in December?

Have a lovely day!

Music Monday: Autumn Leaves

by Jill Kemerer

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love this American holiday. We eat a ton of yummy food, watch a little football, and hang out with loved ones. Pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream is a must-eat dessert. Seconds? Yes, please!

And since this time of year just fills me with happiness, I’m listening to Vince Guaraldi’s beautiful jazz music. Most of you know Vince Guaraldi’s pieces from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the song I’m sharing below is not as well-known, but lovely all the same. Give “Autumn Leaves” a try. I hope it brings a smile to your face!

What are you listening to lately?

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Yuletide Redemption

A Mother’s Christmas Wish 

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

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Heartwarming Thursday: Favorite Winter Drinks

Yuletide Redemption

by Jill Kemerer

A coffee shop, Bigby Coffee, opened a mile from my house, and it’s been so fantastic. I’ve been a fan of Bigby’s for years. They brew special flavored coffees in addition to the typical hot and cold coffee drinks.

Recently, I tried Cinnamon Toffee coffee (hey, that rhymes!), and let me tell you, it was delicious. Of course I added cream and sugar. And more cream. But that’s the way I like it.

Another mouthwatering flavor is Michigan Cherry. Yes, it tastes like cherry. Cherry and coffee might sound like an odd combination, but it’s delightful! I like it with plenty of cream and sugar…bet that didn’t surprise you. 🙂

Last year we visited my sister in Iowa and found Cinnamon Vanilla tea. It is hands down my favorite tea. Unfortunately, no store in my area carries it, so I’m holding out hope that the next time I see my sister, I’ll be able to find it again.

The beverage I drink the most? Good old water. In the winter, I’ll sometimes heat up plain water to drink. It keeps me warm, and oddly, the lack of flavor is fine with me.

What are your favorite winter beverages? Please share!

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My new novel, Yuletide Redemption, will be in stores November 22, 2016! I’m hosting a giveaway (US only, 18+) with a signed copy of the book, hot cocoa, peppermint bark, mini-tote and a miniature carved nativity. The entry form is below if you’d like to enter!

 

 

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A Mother’s Christmas Wish 

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

For purchase links, click HERE!

Music Monday: I Think It’s Going to Rain Today

by Jill Kemerer

As I write this, rain slithers in rivers down my windows. It’s a perfect day for writing, for settling in with a blanket and cup of tea, for reading or thinking or crafting or puttering. But not for cleaning–no, save the cleaning for another day.

I love melancholy, thoughtful tunes when it’s dreary. I recently heard this pretty song by Lauren O’Connell. “I Think It’s Going to Rain,” has a mixture of hope and sadness in the lyrics. Perfectly matches the music.

Another song I’m enjoying is by Norah Jones, “Back to Manhattan.” The romance writer in me adores this regretful song, all about lost love and feeling heartbroken. Mm-mm! My kind of music!

What songs do you enjoy on a rainy day?

Have a terrific day!

Heartwarming Thursday: Where Two Hearts Meet

Prince Edward Island is brewing up romance, and Thoughts on Plot contributor, Liz Johnson, is to blame! Where Two Hearts Meet, the second book in Liz’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series, releases October 18!

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This book follows Caden, a chef at her friend’s bed-and-breakfast, and Adam, a long-term guest with a secret. After a traumatic stint overseas, Adam is afraid he’ll never be able to write the article promised to his editor, and Caden worries about the financial state of the inn. Both have their own reasons for spending time together, but neither plans on falling in love.

If you’re new to the series, be sure to pick up book one, The Red Door Inn. I grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, and I feel as though I’m back on Anne’s stomping grounds when I read these books. Liz has such a warm writing style. I hope you’ll try these!

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I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island, but I would love to visit someday! And now I feel like reading Anne of Green Gables again…

Have you been to Prince Edward Island? Did you love the Anne of Green Gables series as much as I did?

Have a terrific day!

Upside Down – Music Monday

by Jill Kemerer

You know how certain songs bring you back to a time in life that made you smile? Lately, I’ve been listening to Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down.” You might remember it from the animated movie, Curious George, based on the popular children’s books by Margaret and H. A. Rey.

My kids were young when the movie came out. I think my youngest was four or five, and we all enjoyed watching it in theaters and on DVD. The books have always been favorites of ours, so it was no surprise we liked the movie, too.

The theme song, “Upside Down,” has a mellow beat that always brings a smile to my face.  I don’t know about you, but I love having a playlist full of songs guaranteed to lift my spirits, and this song is on mine.

When my life is stressful or I’m worried about something, but I have to write a happy scene, I get in a better mood with songs like this.

Here’s the video:

What song is guaranteed to make you smile?

Have a terrific day!