Maggie McGinnis

You Can’t Choose Your Family

Weddings are all about the bride and groom, sure. But I have to say, I’m way more intrigued by the families that molded them, guided them, surrounded or wounded them on their way to this monumental step, and that’s why I like my own books to be filled with those big, messy families – the good ones, the not-so-good ones, and sometimes, the ones you would never invite TO the wedding.
Family Valentine's Day

Plan The Perfect Family Valentine’s Day

Everyone focuses on planning romantic or sexy dates for Valentine’s Day, but what about showing some family love on V-Day? I’ve got a few tips for having a great day with your kiddos and creating some traditions that will make you seem quite the crafty mom (take that, Pinterest geniuses!) and are easy enough to throw together with stuff you’ve already got at home. 1. Red Dinner This has been a tradition in my family’s house for years. Valentine’s Dinner was all red. And every year my mom tried to make it new, which meant getting creative with beets and tomatoes. I think she even tried to make us raisin-kidney bean stew one year. YUCK. Despite that year, we loved the Red Dinner. Some things I would suggest: Strawberry milk, Red Velvet cupcakes, spaghetti and… Continue
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#Free Snippet – Live by Mary Ann RIvers – on sale 1/21, Tuesday! Enjoy

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly. If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough. Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined.… Continue

A Feast of Thanksgiving on the Wagon Trail ~ author, Mona Hodgson

Granted, the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company had every intention of wrapping their journey long before our traditional Thanksgiving Supper in November. But every illness overcome and every broken wagon wheel repaired, every raging river forded and every mile walked that took them closer to their westerly destination no doubt filled the overlanders’ hearts with thanksgiving. Gratitude calls for a feast. And that thought begs the question: How would a Thanksgiving feast on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s, the setting for my inspirational historical romance, PRAIRIE SONG (WaterBrook Press Trade Paperback), differ from yours and mine today?… Continue

Writing Romance and….The Walton’s?

Family shows were once very popular, now real life TV is the thing – Sharon brings back memories with this post – enjoy & comment to win a random FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – enjoy! I’m probably showing my age here by admitting that I watched The Walton’s while I was growing up. And not in re-runs. For all you youngster’s out there, The Walton’s was a TV show about the Walton family who lived in Virginia during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. There were seven children, their parents and grandparents all living in the same house. There were a lot of shenanigans but always a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode.… Continue