A Timeless Christmas – Countdown to Christmas

So this one looks pretty interesting! I feel like I’m about to be told a story–an actual story with a beginning, a middle and an end that has meat on the bones. Let’s be honest. Most Hallmark movies aren’t big on plot. And if they are, it’s usually the same tired plot: Someone is up…

Christmas in Vienna – Countdown to Christmas

This movie really makes you want to travel. But Covid…so… 😦 Christmas in Vienna is your regular, typical Hallmark Christmas movie. We’ve got the cute kids, the clean-cut, affluent couple, the insane Christmas decorations, and two people who awkwardly come together in the name of romance. Check, check and check. Quick rundown of the movie:…

Christmas with the Darlings – Countdown to Christmas

Let me just start by saying how disappointed I was that we couldn’t have this man as the hero (see below). I can spot an alpha hero at 500 yards, but Charles was only the hero’s brother, not the actual hero of the movie. I was sad. I was sad enough that I had to…

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater – Countdown to Christmas

When I originally downloaded Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas Premier list, this was the ONE Hallmark Christmas movie I was looking forward to this year. The title grabbed me right away, and I knew it would be hilarious. It DID NOT disappoint! We have our first five star, ladies and gents! LOL. Gents. Who’s kidding? Okay,…

On the 12th Date of Christmas – Countdown to Christmas

The title of the movie had me crossing my fingers. I’m all about humor (I cannot WAIT to watch Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater!!), and this title leans a little toward what I like. And YAY… There’s not a royal or a cartoon castle in sight. The movie opens up in a…

One Royal Holiday – Countdown to Christmas

Admittedly, my least favorite trope in Hallmark movies are royals. Any chick with a tiara is annoying as hell to me, and the way royals are portrayed in these movies is laughable–so this movie wasn’t exactly set up to be on my favorite list, that’s for sure. I mean, it might work better if we…

Chateau Christmas – Countdown to Christmas

I really hate to write a bad review for a movie that had a storyline wrapped around a woman getting a bad review, but it is what it is. Bottom line: I was barely able to get through this movie. It had all the holiday decorations you’d expect in a Hallmark Christmas movie, all the…

Jingle Bell Bride – Countdown to Christmas

Small town romantic tropes everywhere! So, I’m a huge fan of the Hallmark channel. The second my husband leaves for work I turn off the news (I think I’m too delicate for that crap anymore) and I turn on my ‘safe space.’ I have the Hallmark channel on in the background all day long. I…

Writing to Market

I had a reader rate my book the other day, and in their review they said the reason they gave the book only four stars was because there were no sex scenes. It just wasn’t what she’d expected. I get that. I really do. And I appreciate the review! But here’s my take on it….

SavvyAuthors Craft Books

SavvyAuthors has paired with some of their instructors to publish the most popular workshops on their website. The books are edited by Jennifer Herrington (fabulous editor), and I’ve produced the covers. Check out our first craft book by Angela Knight! How to Write Fight Scenes New York Times bestselling genre author Angela Knight shares the…

Working on a FREE book — Dakota Sunshine

Despite local restaurants being closed and my favorite store, Hobby Lobby, closed as well, I’ve been staying busy! (Actually, Hobby Lobby is open again. Already been there. Already purchased mad amounts of decor. I’m feeling a little better about life in general as a result!) So now that I have a little happy purchasing under…

Dakota Storm is FREE for a limited time!

The Ebook version of Dakota Storm is FREE for a limited time. I know a lot of us are stuck inside our homes and we’re getting tired of checking on the Coronavirus death numbers and watching press conferences. (Who doesn’t love those Cuomo brothers?) Anyway, I hadn’t planned on making Dakota Storm free until July,…

Worksheets for Romance Writers

Like many authors, I have a thing for planners. I use the type of planner that allows you to add/remove pages, so naturally I started to create pages that focused on writing. Here is a page dedicated to the inner workings of a scene: Download here: Scene Worksheet Snowflakes This is a worksheet I made…

Crazy in Love – A 90 Minute Read

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I started a new series. It was meant to give me a break from my town in my Dakota Series, ‘Garner’, and those characters. Crazy in Love is a short story and only .99 cents. It’s up on Amazon for pre-order and will be available on…

Cupcakes for Church Bazaar

Fall is fast approaching, and with my most favorite time of year comes bake sales, church functions, and an overall need for comfort food. (Crockpot recipes for the win!!) Anyway, I had to come up with a cute way to decorate some cupcakes for a cake walk at my church’s annual bazaar, and this cupcake…

Deadwood PBR

Whew! What a blast! I had SO much fun in Deadwood last weekend. My husband and I went to see the PBR. It was great the first night, which was Friday. Just a little thunderstorm tracked through Deadwood while we were sitting in the covered bleachers, but the temperature was great. There were a few…

Camping at Mina Lake, South Dakota

This past weekend me, my husband, and my youngest daughter (Junior at SDSU/Air Force ROTC) went camping at Mina Lake. It was a gorgeous weekend here in South Dakota. High 70s and mid 80’s. We went kayaking, fishing and hit up a petting zoo in Aberdeen. I’m SO glad spring is finally here so we…

Charity Miles App

I walk. A lot. It’s my go-to form of exercise, and so it was a bit of a given that I would one day stumble on this app. A friend of mine always took selfies after her morning walks and posted them to Facebook and Instagram, and just under her sweet face it would look…

Dakota Storm – Excerpt Time!

Dakota Storm will be up for pre-order soon! Right now I’m working on the blurb <– slightly nightmarish, but necessary. I thought I’d share the first scene today. This is a New Adult Romance set in a small town. New Adult can best be explained very simply: These characters are right out of college. They’re…

Christmas 2018

December 2018 was a little tough here in the McClure household! Hubby was in the hospital with encephalitis for a week, and I ended up with a head cold from hell (probably from being in the hospital with him). His eyesight even went wonky, to the point where he was seeing double, and he had…

Three Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Some people call this the ‘Are You Kidding’ Cake, some call it the Three Ingredient Cake, and others just call it delicious. You know me, I like easy, and this is SUPER easy and SUPER moist. The icing I make for it is just as easy and yummy. A friend of mine gave me this…

Easy Peasy Fall Wreath

I was in Hobby Lobby the other day – LOVE LOVE LOVE that store – and I wanted to pick up a fall wreath for my front door. Not that I don’t already have several, but you know, I’m that kind of chick, soooo…. They were, as my hubby said, pricey. Of course, the wreath…

Crockpot Potato Soup

There is nothing better than the feel of autumn approaching. I’m just one of those girls. I have my fall decorations out – and my sweaters and scarves – the very second the first leaf falls. I can’t help it! Bring on the cinnamon-spice scented candles! The hot chocolate! The ankle boots and ripped skinny…

Family, Faith & Freedom

Whew! Americans sure know how to turn it out on the 4th of July week/weekend. My family and I managed to fit in some fishing, swimming, two rodeos, two parades and consumed WAY too many calories these past few days. ‘Merica! I also tried my hand at some DIY 4th of July pallet/wood projects and…