Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A DDScottville New Year's Treat: The Bootscootin' Books are now available on Kindle Unlimited!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps and Happy New Year!!!

As a special treat to start off the new year, I decided to add my award-winning and bestselling contemporary romance series - The Bootscootin' Books - to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited! Which means, if you're a Kindle Unlimited Member, you can now download all three books in this series for FREE!!!



On Amazon




On Amazon




On Amazon


For those of you brand new to my DDScottville books, this is the series that started it all for me, my debut releases (back in 2010). I still can't believe it's been almost five years since my first book hit cyber shelves around the world!

Here's the scoop on The Bootscootin' Books - BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS, STOMPIN' ON STETSONS and BUCKLES ME BABY:

BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS has been a #1 Free Title on all major ebook platforms, it’s been downloaded over 600,000 times and was a Top 10 Mother’s Day Pick. Together with STOMPIN’ ON STETSONS and BUCKLES ME BABY, this series has maintained an average 4-Star-Rating over the course of 2,000+ reviews and made multiple international bestseller lists.

BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS

International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott two-steps into your heart with book one of her chart-topping debut series. A #1 Free Title on all of the major ebook etailers, it’s been downloaded over 600,000 times and was a Top 10 Mother’s Day Pick.

Think Sex and the City meets Urban Cowboy.

It’s Chick Lit Gone Country.

Manhattan apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn, who's also a still-in-the-closet, country line dancing queen, is tired of being a Fifth Avenue up-and-comer. Against her parent’s wishes and without their financial backing, she moves to Nashville, Tennessee and opens a boutique in a local tractor supply store, the only retail space she can afford. Short on cash and luck, she rear-ends a pick-up truck belonging to a tomato-growin', bootscootin' cowboy who is anything but the perfect fit for her career plans, although he is her ideal dance partner. Can Roxy accept that her best fit is on the dance floor moving to her own style and her cowboy's lead?

Tomato farmer by day and bootscootin' instructor by night Zayne McDonald doesn't give a damn about winning Nashville's heirloom tomato contest, even though his late father did. Zayne wants to honor his father, but what he really wants is to line dance his way into a winner's spotlight. When he and Roxy are discovered by a huge dance show producer, Zayne learns it's partnering with Roxy that's his winning hybrid mix. That is, if he can keep her and the tomato contest away from Beefsteak Jack Baudlin, the toughest tomato man in CMT country.


STOMPIN’ ON STETSONS

International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott heats up your heart and your kitchen with book two of her chart-topping debut series The Bootscootin’ Books. Think Hell’s Kitchen mixed with Meet the Fockers. It’s cupcakes and BBQ!

Manhattan-raised, culinary-schooled pastry chef Jules Lichtenstien wants to make her new Nashville, Tennessee bakery a success. Catering the wedding of a Music City socialite and her country music, chart-topping beau could do just that. But learning the Wedding Planner from Hell is her ex has Jules’ nerves frosted. Having never found the sweet comfort in a man that she gets from her sugary confections, she vows to never again cook up anything but food in her kitchen.

Meat n’ Three diner heir and produce man Cody Weiss is fantastic with food but lousy with relationships. Or so says his ex-fiancĂ© whose wedding he’s unwittingly agreed to help his friend Jules cater. Cody wants to help Jules, but what he really wants is to succeed in their relationship where he’s failed in the past.

With both of their exes stirring the pots, can Jules and Cody pull off the wedding without making minced meat of their relationship? And when a hat causes heat to simmer between them, will they be able to survive both in and out of the kitchen?

Love is a lot like cooking — delicious with the right ingredients.


BUCKLES ME BABY

International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott treats you to double the fun and more than double the trouble in book three of her bestselling series The Bootscootin’ Books. Think paparazzi-hell and Ponzi-scheme fall-out meet home-shopping and Babies “R” Us.

Manhattan-raised, marketing and promotion impresario Audrey Holtz has taken her friend’s belt buckles from Music City boutique favorites to home shopping channel wait-list-only items. But she’s traded in her high-power stilettos for Sketchers ‘cause her feet are swollen and killing her. Pregnancy is a bitch, especially when you’ve assumed a false identity to dodge paparazzi on account of your Ponzi-scheming parents.

Nashville, Tennessee homebuilder Damian Baker is screwed and not in the construction sense of the word. Who would have thought the first room he’d be designing and building for his dream home would be a nursery...for his and Audrey’s twins? But he’s hell-bent on providing well for and protecting the woman he loves plus the children he can’t wait to meet.

Audrey and Damian may not be able to hide from the camera lenses, the baby blues, and belt buckle mania, but they can hide behind their love. But is their love strong enough to deflect the blinding glare of the spotlight?


I'm beyond thrilled that I can now share these books with you via Kindle Unlimited (KU). And for those of you who aren't sure what that is, it's Amazon's new ebook subscription service, in which, for around $10.00/month, you can borrow over 700,000 books for FREE, keeping up to 10 at a time on your Kindle(s) or Amazon Fire Tablet(s). Pretty cool, right?! I use KU myself and am finding a bunch of terrific authors that are brand new to me.

With the addition of my Bootscootin' Books, I now have 6 books (all Contemporary Romances) available in Kindle Unlimited: THE KEYS' PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 1), A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2), HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS (Home for The Holidays Book 1), BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS (The Bootscootin' Books #1), STOMPIN' ON STETSONS (The Bootscootin' Books #2) and BUCKLES ME BABY (The Bootscootin' Books #3).

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!!! --- DD

P.S. And for all of you wonderful print book readers, The Bootscootin' Books will also be available in print - for the first time - before Valentine's Day!!!






Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Greetings and Lots of Love from DDScottville!!!

'Tis the season for Holiday Greetings and Lots of Love, and I've got tons of both for all of you in DDScottville!!!

Thanks to each and every one of you, 2014 has been an amazing year!



This year, I published my 32nd book, and I'm hard at work on #33 (Kristianico's Crown Prince, The Royal Heirs Book 3) which will release for Valentine's Day 2015. I've now sold over 300,000 books and hit bestseller lists around the world. And over 600,000 copies of the book that started it all for me back in 2010 - Bootscootin' Blahniks (The Bootscootin' Books #1), which is still Free on all ebook platforms - have been downloaded. In addition, for the first time, several of my books are now available in print format, with many more to come in print throughout 2015.

It's because of every single one of you, your love and support and your enthusiasm that I've been able to achieve my success. Above all, this holiday season, I want you to know how very grateful I am.

This year has been one of many changes for me and my wonderful DH (Darling Husband) and our Boys (Buckley and Siggy)...

We now call southern Florida home and love it here, as do The Boys.






We've become Vegetarians (Almost Vegans), and I'm really enjoying sharing recipes with all of you.

Vegetarian/Vegan Recipes, Remedies and Wisdom

I'm also a new Yogini and enjoy a wonderful Meditation Practice. And, for the first time, in over 30 years, I'm back in a dance studio, taking three classes a week and loving every minute of it. Thank you's all around to my amazing teacher Kelly Atkins!!! I adore you!!!

In DDScottville, it's always been about love, peace and light, with a bunch of humor tossed into the mix, and I can't wait to share with you some of the new avenues I'll be expanding into in 2015 with these same themes at the core. Here's a hint: think children's books and a new community based on this amazing piece by one of the most talented artists I've come across - Heather Stillufsen of Rose Hill Designs.



From my home to yours, Let Love Glow and Be a Beacon of the Light, Love and Peace of The Season!



Hugs and Love --- DD





Thursday, December 11, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Chunky Minestrone with Rosemary

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of soup all year round, especially at this time of year. I make at least one and many times two varieties a week. I just love a nice warm bowl of soup for lunch.

Here's one of my fave new recipes for a delicious minestrone...



Ingredients:

2 T Olive Oil

1 small Red or Yellow Onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 sage leaves, chopped

32 oz low-sodium vegetable broth

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes

1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 lb green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into 1-inch chunks

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1/2 lb frozen collard greens

1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Directions:

In a large, heavy stockpot over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion, carrots, celery, garlic and sage, stirring occasionally until vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, chick peas, green beans, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and simmer until kidney beans are warmed through and green beans begin to soften, 10 minutes. Add collards; cover and cook until warmed through. Serve topped with Parmesan. ***Note: Leave the Parmesan off, and you've made it vegan! :)


Bon Appetit! --- DD






Monday, December 8, 2014

D. D. Scott's Latest Three Books are Now Available in Print!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

In DDScottville, 2014 has been "The Year of Print Books!" I've started with my most recent releases, and in 2015, I'll make a bunch more of my titles available for all of you print readers!!!

Here are the books that are currently available in print format:



On Amazon

Barnes & Noble




On Amazon

Barnes & Noble




On Amazon

Barnes & Noble (Coming Soon!)


Happy Reading and Welcome to My World of DDScottville Books in Print!!! --- DD

P.S. Be looking for them in your local libraries!!! And if your library doesn't carry them yet, be sure to let your librarians know so that they can order them from their distributors.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

D. D. Scott is in the Author Spotlight for the Fabulous Dragica Lord and Turn The Book Page!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

I'm thrilled to announce that the super-sweet and talented Author Dragica Lord has made me the December Featured Author on her wonderful site - Turn The Book Page!!!

And that means, you've got another chance to win an Autographed Copy of my latest Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs, Book 2)!!!

Head on over to Turn The Book Page and leave a comment about one of your favorite holiday memories, and you could be the next person I treat to a book...

While you're there, you'll also hear one of my fave Christmas songs, which happened to be the inspiration behind A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE. Here's a hint: think Carol Channing in Mame.



Happy Holidays From My Home to Yours and Happy Reading!!! --- DD

P.S. And if you're a Kindle Unlimited Member, you can treat yourself to three of my latest releases for Free!!! THE KEYS' PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 1), A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) and HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS (Home for The Holidays Book 1) are all available as Free downloads for KU Members.







Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In DDScottville, It's All About Gratitude For Every One of You Each and Every Day of the Year!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating the holiday!

The DH (Darling Husband) and I and our Boys (Buckley and Siggy) are getting ready for our first Thanksgiving as Vegetarians (Almost Vegans) and that means that the Tofurkey is in the oven :)



While it's roasting, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that it's not just on this special holiday that I'm full of thanks for each and every one of you. I'm full of gratitude for your support, enthusiasm and love each and every day of the year.

Nothing means more to an author than having readers who not only love our books but readers who take the time to share that love with their friends and family. The secret to my success goes way beyond the words I put on the pages and the stories I create. It's all about readers - like you - who share their enthusiasm for my books.

Thank you! From all that I am, thank you.

So much has happened during the last year in DDScottville. (My Thanksgiving Prayer is going to be a long one!) From once more breaking into the Top 100 Bestselling Romance Books on Amazon with the release of Book 1 of my new series - THE KEYS' PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 1). To releasing books in print for the first time. To becoming part of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited so that many of you who are members of that subscription service can read my books for Free. To branching out into more nonfiction articles for vegetarian/vegan and yogic lifestyle publications (more on that coming in 2015 :) ). To finding a fabulous illustrator to partner with for my new children's book series (more on that coming soon too :) ).

But again, none of those achievements compare to spending time with so many of you each and every day in the wonderful social media playgrounds that are now our virtual coffee shops and favorite places to hang. I simply love chatting with you. I love getting to know you. And I'm looking forward to sharing life with you for years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving and Lots of Hugs and Love and Gratitude --- DD

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another D. D. Scott Book is Now in Print Format - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

I've got great news for all of you who love to read print books!

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) is now in print!!!



On Amazon

On Barnes & Noble

That means that both of The Royal Heirs Books (Books 1 and 2) are now available in print!



On Amazon

On Barnes & Noble

And coming soon in print is HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS (Home for The Holidays Book 1)!



***I'm just waiting to receive and sign off of the proof, and then it will be available for you too :)

Coming into the world of print books in early 2015 will be all three of the Bootscootin' Books with their fabulous new covers!!!



International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott two-steps into your heart with book one of her chart-topping debut series. A #1 Free Title on all of the major ebook etailers, it’s been downloaded over 600,000 times and was a Top 10 Mother’s Day Pick.

Think Sex and the City meets Urban Cowboy.

It’s Chick Lit Gone Country.




International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott heats up your heart and your kitchen with book two of her chart-topping debut series The Bootscootin’ Books. Think Hell’s Kitchen mixed with Meet the Fockers. It’s cupcakes and BBQ!




International Bestselling Author D. D. Scott treats you to double the fun and more than double the trouble in book three of her bestselling series The Bootscootin’ Books. Think paparazzi-hell and Ponzi-scheme fall-out meet home-shopping and Babies “R” Us.

I'm so glad that I can now treat all of you who love to read print books as well as those of you who love your ereading digital devices.

Cheers and Happy Reading!!! --- DD



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

D. D. Scott's Latest Releases are now in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Subscription Service!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

I'm so excited to share with you that my most recent releases are now available in Amazon's fabulous new subscription service - Kindle Unlimited!!!

What does that mean?

If you're a Kindle Unlimited member, you can now read three more of my books for Free!!!



On Amazon's Kindle Unlimited




Kindle Unlimited




Kindle Unlimited

I'm a Kindle Unlimited member, and I find fantastic books from my fave authors as well as from authors who are new to me.

You pay somewhere around $9.95 per month and have unlimited access to over 700,000 books!!! And that's not a typo...LOL!!! There are now over 700,000 books (in all genres) available on Kindle Unlimited.

For those of you who are already Amazon Prime Members with access to the KOLL (Kindle Owners Lending Library), the difference is that with the KOLL, you can download one book at a time, and you have to return it before you can download another title. With KU (Kindle Unlimited), you pay the monthly fee and can download all 700,000+ titles. Those books stay on your device unless and until you cancel your KU membership. Cool, right?!

I do think that subscription services like this will become the new norm for us in the book world just like we're seeing in music, television and movies.

There are issues to be worked out as far as how authors and content creators are paid, but as with anything new, those bumps in the road will all be worked out.

In the mean time, there's never been a better time to be a reader. So check out the program, and enjoy my most recent releases!!!

Happy Reading --- DD

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A DDScottville Sneak Peek: KRISTIANICO'S CROWN PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 3) Chapter One

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

It's Sneak Peek time!!!

Here's a look at Chapter One of KRISTIANICO'S CROWN PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 3):




KRISTIANICO'S CROWN PRINCE will be released in February 2015 - the perfect Valentine's Day romance.

This is Dario's brother David's story.

David Magnus, King Dario’s oldest brother, is Kristianico’s new Crown Prince, The Heir Apparent (next in line to the throne). His life will never be the same and neither will that of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Holly. With the first of his chain of island retreat yoga spas about to open in Costa Rica, that’s where he needs to be, not in Kristianico, trying to help his brother handle the Separatists promising to rip apart Kristianico. If only he could find all of the answers on his yoga mat, one breath at a time, one yoga-deep belly laugh at a time. But maybe that’s what they all need, a few good laughs and quality time on their mats.


CHAPTER ONE


Breathe.
Nice and easy.
In. And Out.
Simply follow your breath.


David Magnus heard every word his mother Anya said as she led the Intro to Yoga class at Pura Amor, their soon-to-be-opening yoga resort and spa in Costa Rica.

Let everything else go.
Let it go.
You are good enough.
Let that be your mantra today - I am good enough. My wish for each of you is that this — I am good enough — will be your mantra every day, hereafter.


Yeah, right, David thought, shaking his head. Now that he was Kristianico’s Crown Prince, nothing he did was good enough. And if he wanted to be everything that his brother King Adonis needed him to be, he couldn’t afford to let go of anything.

He tried to follow his breath, but realizing that his short huffs and puffs were far from the smooth, relaxed inhales and exhales his sixty-five year-old mother demonstrated was not helping him relax, at all. She had him by thirty-seven years, but he wasn’t close to keeping up with her in or out of her yoga studio.

For that matter, he couldn’t keep up with their new staff either, who were all in class with him, learning everything they could from his mother before the first guests arrived. Since they’d hired the best instructors they could find for Pura Amor, he supposed that that was a good thing. It may have been good for business, but it was embarrassing as hell.

David considered himself fit. Well, he used to think he was fit. But that was B.Y. — Before Yoga. Hardly a day went by that, regardless what continent he was on, he failed to hit a gym or get in a decent run. But yoga was an entirely new ballgame. And it was painfully obvious that he wasn’t going to master it in a week.

It sure wasn’t the environment or the facilities holding him back. Heck, if he had to choose a way to stay healthy, he’d take what Pura Amor offered over a gym any day. There wasn’t one thing, so far, that wasn’t to love about Pura Amor, his family’s new chain of yoga resorts and spas. His mother had nailed every aspect of designing this special place.

She chose Costa Rica’s Central Valley, known for having “the best weather in the world,” where the temperature on average is a perfect seventy degrees. They’d built their five-star resort and spa in the mountains of Alajuela, five thousand feet above sea level, with spectacular views. It was sure to become a destination of choice for the wellness and yoga crowd as well as for health-minded honeymooners.

The food was outstanding, including a food-stylist-perfect buffet with a variety of vegetarian dishes as well as chicken and fish. Guests who preferred vegan, gluten-free and/or high-protein diets were also well taken care of.

David lifted his head and soaked in the first rays of the sun as it cleared the highest peak of the mountains and climbed toward the heavens. All year round, it rose between 5:30 and 6:00 am and set around 6:00 pm.

At Pura Amor, life centered around the sun. Something David’s mother was very fond. It probably had a lot to do with why she insisted that their first resort’s location was in these mountains where it could be enjoyed at its brightest and best.

She’d raised David and his siblings — Dario, Deacon, Duke and Delaney — to live by the sun, a lesson that, over the years, David had abandoned, not by choice, but rather because his job as an international businessman with an expertise in global mergers and acquisitions required it. He did business when his clients wanted it done, not according to the sun’s rise and fall.

Now that his family’s resort chain was his sole gig, other than the Crown Prince of Kristianico thing, he hoped to get back to a more regular schedule. Since he was the Crown Prince, he could probably set his own hours. Huh. He thought about that idea a bit longer. Perhaps he’d finally come up with a benefit of his new role.

It hadn’t yet been a year, about a month shy, since David had learned that he wasn’t David Laveau. He was David Magnus, the second-born son of Kristianico’s then King, King Adonis III. With his father’s passing last February, his brother Dario, the only one of his siblings who’d been raised as the prince that he was, became King. And as the next oldest child of King Adonis III, David became his brother’s heir apparent, Kristianico’s Crown Prince.

Talk about a life-changing event. He still couldn’t wrap his head around his birthright and the new responsibilities it demanded of him.
Good thing they’d hired the best spa therapists they could find for Pura Amor, he harrumphed. He planned to try out all of them.

Over the last several months, he’d tried to handle all of this craziness on his own. He’d spent even more time than usual at the gym and hitting the pavement. He’d tried to eat healthier, cutting back to eating meat just a couple of days per week and drastically increasing his fruit and vegetable intake. He’d tried to get more sleep. But so far, nothing had eased the crushing burdens of his new life.

To be honest, that’s why he’d agreed to head up the family’s yoga resort and spa chain projects. He hoped that the relaxing nature and holistic philosophies of the industry would help him deal with life as a royal, a royal with a very real shot, way too real for his liking, at someday having to take his turn on the throne of their Riviera country.

If David couldn’t figure out how to deal with his destiny by taking advantage of Pura Amor’s spa services, there probably wasn’t any hope left for him. Pura Amor offered everything from Bio Energetic Healing to the Clinical Bodywork of various Massage styles, to Holistic and Asian Bodywork, Aquatic Bodywork, Ayurvedic Treatments and Signature Costa Rican Body Polishes and Exfoliations and Facials.

Along with the extremely-talented spa therapists they’d hired and moved to Costa Rica, his mother had persuaded several of the yoga teachers she loved and respected from around the world to teach retreats at Pura Amor for a week or two at-a-time, many of which were already booked eighteen months out. A few of the instructors, she’d cajoled into becoming permanent staff.

Despite his mother’s persuasive skills and the international yoga community following she had in her own right, the resort they’d built was magical enough to be more than motivating as a must-try adventure.

Instead of a hotel with a spa, they’d built a grand spa with a variety of suites throughout the eight-acre mountain estate they’d purchased. From a small suite for one to A-frames for a family to duplexes, tri-levels and private chalet’s with wraparound balconies, private pools and outdoor showers, there was something special to call a home-away-from-home for everyone.

David was most excited about the Tentalows, an idea he’d seen when researching the world’s best spas and resorts and brought to Pura Amor. For guests who wanted to experience the feel of the outdoors but enjoy the amenities of a brick and mortar room, they’d built hexagonal luxury tents. Each tent included an inside seating area, the same high-quality, ultra-comfortable beds that were found throughout the resort and electricity, but with the ultimate compliment of the incredible mountain air. Bathrooms were shared between small clusters of Tentalows but were high-end design set in lush gardens, conveniently located nearby.

Acknowledging that he was thinking thoughts he shouldn’t be, because he wasn’t supposed to be thinking, period, David shook his head and tried to refocus on, well, nothing. And that was his primary problem. How was he supposed to focus on nothing? According to his mother’s instructions, he wasn’t supposed to be thinking, just being, whatever that means. He opened his eyes, which he also wasn’t supposed to do. But he couldn’t help it. Even after being here a week, he still couldn’t get over how magnificent the view was from this studio.

The entire structure was designed as walls of extremely large, sliding-glass doors that were wide open more often than not. There wasn’t a bit of the eight acres of the estate that couldn’t be seen from somewhere in this room. To soften the ambiance even more, sheer white curtains framed the doors, catching each breeze as it passed through what really resulted in more of an open air studio.

The floor was a gorgeous almond wood that was warm and inviting. Filled with three rows of the very best, earth-friendly yoga mats, each with eco-towels and a nice blanket. With dozens of candles lit and the oddly comforting kirtan music his mother was playing, David felt as if he were part of some spiritual, tribal ritual instead of an exercise class.

Yoga isn’t an exercise class. It’s a way to connect or join your body and mind to the earth, your terrestrial space, and to the celestial realms of your heart and spirit.

With his mother apparently reading his thoughts, yet again, David gave up thinking about everything they’d accomplished at Pura Amor and focused all of his attention on his breath. He wasn’t sure how she did it, but the longer he sat in her classes and listened to her instruction instead of entertaining his wild mind, the better he got at finding a more easy-going rhythm to his breath. If only he could relax like this outside of the studio, when he wasn’t on a yoga mat. Now that would be something.

You’re over-thinking it again, my son. Let your thoughts go. Just be.

David smiled at his mother, who was now standing next to him, the love in her heart shining through her eyes, radiating from every ounce of her tiny-but-mighty being.

There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for her, and they both knew it. So, he had to figure out this yogic lifestyle. If he could achieve even a small portion of the peace that his mother exemplified every day of her life, it would be worth the struggle.

He settled back into Child’s Pose, totally unaware that he’d popped out of it at some point during his assessment of all they’d built in Costa Rica. And he tried to Just Be, which reminded him that he was supposed to be in his suite in about an hour and a half to receive a call from Kristianico.

“David,” his mother said, gently pressing his shoulders toward the floor, “just be.”

His nose back on the mat, he congratulated himself that at least he was flexible enough to get into a fairly decent Child’s Pose. A lot of men his age wouldn’t be able to get on their knees and bow down to kiss the earth. It wasn’t the poses that he was having the most trouble with, for the most part anyway, it was the relaxing, just be-ing thing that he was completely lousy at.

He’d better get a handle on it though and fast. Stella, his sister-in-law, Dario’s wife and Kristianico’s Queen, along with her best friend Sophia, who was engaged to their cousin, Prince Alberto, would be arriving at the resort in a few days. And those two, like his mother, were full-on yoginis. If he couldn’t get the hang of this by then, he’d never live it down.

If only Holly could see him, David thought, feeling a deep squeeze and then a powerful tug on his heart. She’d be so proud of him. And it wouldn’t matter to her whether or not he’d mastered any of the poses or the breathing or anything else about yoga. She’d just be thrilled that he was actually trying and using the mat she’d bought for him the day before he’d left Kristianico for Costa Rica. Gosh, he missed her. More than he thought he would. A lot more.

~~~

I'm really enjoying writing David's story, and I can't wait to share it with you. Nothing celebrates Cupid's special day like a wonderfully romantic love story.

Cheers Hugs and Love --- DD

Thursday, November 13, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: The BLTA

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

I'm very excited about my new favorite sandwich - THE BLTA (Baked Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado) :)



I discovered this little gem in last month's Yoga Journal and wow is it super-tasty!!!

Ingredients:

2 slices of your favorite bread (I like Whole Foods fresh-baked Italian, and I toast it)

Sliced Tomatoes

Sliced Avocado

Lettuce

Baked Tofu (I like the Savory-flavored Wildwood Organic, and I slice it very, very thin)

***I also add Vegenaise and a slice of Go Veggie's Vegan Swiss Cheese***

This is just a totally fabulous sandwich. In fact, just writing about it, makes me want to make one. I think I'll have one for lunch!!!

Bon Appetit --- DD

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: The Ultimate Green Juice - Green Sweetie

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville peeps!

I think I've finally found it...the most perfectly sweet green juice - Green Sweetie :)

Many of you know that my Cozy Cash Mystery heroine, Zoey Witherspoon, is all about her all-things-green "Naked Juice." Well, her creator is too! I love to juice, and a good green juice is one of my fave pick-me-ups.



It's tough though to find one that has the perfect amount of sweet, meaning one that my DH (Darling Husband) will drink and actually enjoy instead of chugging along because he knows it's good for him. LOL!

But, I found it! Thanks to Robin Asbell's Juice It!: Energizing Blends for Today's Juicers




Here it is - The Green Sweetie!!!




Ingredients:

4 cups (packed) spinach

2 cups cubed honeydew melon

2 kiwi (peeled)

1 cup grapes (I like the seedless red global)


Directions:

Blend it or juice it


Let me know what you think and Bon Appetit!!! --- DD





Thursday, November 6, 2014

5-Star Reviews are Rolling in for A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville peeps!!!

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) has been out for just 5 days, and already, the 5-Star Reviews are rolling in!



Nothing means more to an author than knowing his or her readers are loving each new book. I'm so full of gratitude for every single one of you, and the fact that many of you are taking time to leave reviews at the retailers from which you've purchased the books means the world to me.

Here's what you're saying about A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE:

5-Stars: What a perfect Christmas story., November 2, 2014
By sfoster95 "Shannon Foster" (Clinton, Iowa United States) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book 2) (Kindle Edition)

I don't have to tell you that there hasn't been one book by D.D. Scott that I haven't LOVED every minute of. My love saga affair with her books began with the Bootscootin' series, so naturally I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Key's Prince. I LOVED it. My only disappointment was that I was to tired when this book arrived on my kindle to read it in just after midnight on 11/1/14. I had to wait until the next evening to read it. let me tell that wait seemed like forever. D.D. has charmed me again. I love everything about this story. I am sure I will read it many more times for a holiday pick me up. What a great way to start off the holiday season. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I found myself laughing out loud a good many times. There are also some very tender moments that are sure to melt even the hardest of hearts. Bravo. Can't wait for the next one in February 2015.


5-Stars: Five Stars, November 4, 2014
By Elizabeth Olson - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book 2) (Kindle Edition)

I really enjoyed this one. Looking forward to reading more in this series


For those of you who prefer the print format, A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE will be ready for you shortly. I'm waiting on the final proof, and once it gets my approval, it will be available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading and Thanks Bunches for Sharing Your Love for My Books --- DD



Saturday, November 1, 2014

D. D. Scott's 2014 Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE - is Here!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps, while also doing a big ol' Holiday Happy Dance!!!

The wait is over!!!

My 2014 Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) - is here!!!



On Amazon

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords


For those of you who preordered the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo or Apple, it will be automatically sent to your ereader/device today!!!

And no worries if you didn't preorder, it's available today for you as well!!!

***Note: For all of you Print Book Readers, A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE will be available in print within the next couple of weeks! I'll keep you posted.

I've included a special Bonus Read for you in this edition, too!!! Here's the scoop:

As an extra treat for you this holiday season, I included THE SANTA PRINCE, the book that Dario's favorite Nanny NeeNee read to him each and every Christmas Eve. ***Note: Some of you DDScottville fans might recognize this story. It’s a new version of a holiday story that I published a couple of years ago as part of the anthology, The Billionaires’ Christmas Club. Unfortunately, that book is no longer available. But no worries if you missed it, here you go! It’s truly one of my favorite holiday stories, and I’m delighted to make it part of The Royal Heirs series.

I so hope you enjoy A Royal Christmas Rescue, the second book in my new series — The Royal Heirs.

There will be at least ten books in this series. And yes, each one of King Adonis’ siblings will have his or her own book. In addition, there will be several holiday novellas, like this one, to tide you over between the full-length novels.

Whether you’re brand new to my books or you keep coming back for more, it’s my goal to create a wonderful story world that provides you with the perfect escape between the pages.

Nothing beats treating you to great books, and I can’t wait to share stories with you that are full of humor and heart for years to come!

And please share your love for my books! Word-of-mouth is vital for an author to continue to grow readership. If you enjoyed the book, please leave a review on the site for the store from which you purchased it, even if it’s just a sentence or two. That’s how other readers find my books! Your reviews make a ton of difference in a book’s success and are so appreciated.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!! --- DD


Monday, October 27, 2014

Five Days Left to Enter D. D. Scott's Goodreads Giveaway of an Autographed Print Copy of A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps! Happy Monday!!!

It's Release Week for my brand new Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2)!!! That means lots of fun stuff is happening in DDScottville!!!

To start with, you've got five days left to enter to my Goodreads Giveaway in which you could win one of ten autographed print copies of the book!!!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


A Royal Christmas Rescue by D.D. Scott

A Royal Christmas Rescue

by D.D. Scott


Giveaway ends November 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter to win



I'm so excited about this book!!! One of my favorite books to write each year is a new Christmas book. There's just something magical about creating a story full of the Spirit of the Season, all of the hope, peace and love that each holiday season brings. And, I get to think about that and feel it beginning each July! LOL! That's when I begin to write the year's holiday read.

Here's the scoop on A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE...

From International Bestselling Author, D. D. Scott, comes a brand new Christmas novella — Book 2 in her 5-Star-Rated series, The Royal Heirs.

Everyone needs a little Christmas. But try convincing a stodgy royal family — and their even stodgier staff — of that!

Stella Magnus, Kristianico's new Queen, thought her inner circle was small before becoming Queen. Now, instead of a circle, it looks like a dot. She has four people that she can count on, no matter what. To be accurate, two people and two dogs. Her wonderful husband, King Adonis, and their two dogs — Wyatt, a very ornery Portuguese Water Dog, and his new playmate Gypsy, the Chiweenie, who's convinced she's a human and not a dog and should be treated accordingly — and her best friend, Sophia Fordham, who owns Wet Noses, Kristianico's premier holistic doggie grooming salon and boutique.

To make matters worse, it's Stella's first Christmas in Kristianico and her first Christmas as Queen. If she's going to haul out the holly and put up the palace trees before her spirit falls - again, she's got to find a way to convince her staff that they need a little Christmas before the biggest scrooge of all — Meredith, the King Mother — has everyone crying in their eggnog.

Luckily, Stella has an idea. A brilliant idea. She's about to become one of those people who not only rescues dogs but who has the "Who Rescued Who" bumper sticker to prove it. On second thought, can she put a bumper sticker on her royal Range Rover? The palace would probably frown on that. Even more reason to go for the gusto!

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE is a 45,000-word contemporary Christmas novella (about 140 pages) that's Book Two of the new series, The Royal Heirs. The next book in the series will release for Valentine’s Day 2015 with two full-length novels and a holiday novella releasing each year thereafter.

BONUS NOVELLA INCLUDED:

Also included is THE SANTA PRINCE, the holiday story that King Adonis's favorite nanny NeeNee used to read to him when he was a young boy.


For those of you who Preordered A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE, it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or i-Device on November 1st (this coming Saturday!). And thank you all so very much for making my first Preorder Book a huge success!!! I'm thrilled that hundreds of you, and perhaps thousands by Saturday, will be getting your copy automatically delivered on Saturday!!!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!! --- DD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DDScott-asana: Asana and Ahimsa - Have a Seat and Do No Harm

I've been a new yogini (female yogi) for going on one year. (I did my first downward-facing dog on a yoga mat in a for-real yoga class on January 3, 2014.) Since then, I've become a yogini off-the-mat as well as on-the-mat. For example, I'm a vegetarian, almost vegan, and I read absolutely everything I can on the yogic lifestyle and adopt the practices into my life as they fit my heart and soul.

Thanks to wonderful publications like Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health, Spirituality and Health and Vegetarian Times, I've learned what being a yogini is all about. And, I've explored the ideas presented in further detail in wonderful books that I'll be sharing with you.

And guess what? Being a yogini isn't about contorting your body into Cirque du Soleil-style poses (asanas), although I'll admit, every new one I can do helps me breakthrough some spiritual block I didn't know I had. Yoga poses are not the heart and soul of the yogic lifestyle. Yoga - the word itself - means "to join." For me, it's about joining my earthly forms - my body and my mind - with my celestial spirit. It's about connecting to the earth at the same time I'm connecting with my soul.

I've learned two Sanskrit (the language of all of the ancient yoga texts) words that, when repeated together, have become one of my personal mantras:

Asana

Ahimsa

"Asana" actually means "seat" or "connecting with the earth." So the asanas/poses that you do in yoga (examples would be Child's Pose, Downward-facing Dog, Savasana/Corpse Pose, Cow, Cat, etc.) are actually different ways that you can have a seat and connect with the earth.

"Ahimsa" is the yogic philosophy of "do no harm." And it applies to all creatures, all species and the earth at-large. What does it mean in everyday life? Being kind to people - yep, even the ones you don't really like. Being kind to animals - meaning I choose not to eat them. (Even if they're raised humanely, they still have one very, very bad day that I choose not to be part of.)

So the basics of my new yogini lifestyle are to:

Have a seat and Do no harm

With my new DDScottville column, DDScott-asana, I'm going to be sharing my everyday, very real experiences as a new yogini. I'm not an expert at all, just an everyday gal, trying to connect with my soul and spread loving-kindness, one enlightened thought at-a-time. And, you know me, I'll toss in a good dose of humor along the way.



Here are two books I read and highly recommend that helped me get started on this path:

Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment by Sharon Gannon

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone


Namaste (The Spirit Within Me Salutes/Honors The Spirit In You) --- DD Scott










Monday, October 20, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Grape Tomato and Pecan Salad

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

This past weekend, I wanted to use the last of the produce in my frig, so I "tossed" together this fabulous salad - what I'm calling my Grape Tomato and Pecan Salad:



Ingredients

Spinach leaves

Heirloom Tomato

Red Grapes

Mozzarella cheese (for a vegan alternative, you can use Daiya or any of your fave non-dairy cheeses)

Crushed Pecans

Your Favorite Dressing (I like Annie's Naturals Organic Green Goddess)


Directions

Slice the grapes in half (length-wise), cut the tomato (however thick you like it) and dump both into a bowl along with the spinach, cheese and crushed pecans. Add your dressing, cover the bowl with a tight lid and give it a very healthy shake - it is a tossed salad, after all! LOL!!!


Bon Appetit --- DD



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Book Covers Coming to DDScottville!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

As I dive into my 5th year as an International Bestselling Author, I'm beginning the process of redoing many of my book covers. It's time to treat them to a fresh, new look! :) With my 31st book set to release on November 1st, that's a lot of covers to have a ton of fun with!!!

I'm over the moon with my DH's (Darling Husband) designs, and together, we're coming up with some wonderful new looks for each of my five series - The Bootscootin' Books, The Cozy Cash Mysteries, The Stuck with a Series, The Belle Bishop Queen of Witches Books and The Royal Heirs Series.

To kick off the fun, here's a Sneak Peek at the two new covers in The Stuck with a Series:







Aren't they terrific?!

So, here's the entire Stuck with a Series in order:












If you haven't read this series, or are brand new to my books, the best bang for your buck is to begin with the Ebook Boxed Set for each series. (*They'll be getting new covers, too!)



Check out my Online Store right here in DDScottville for the Amazon links. (And all of my books are also available at Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Apple, Oyster, Scrib'd, Smashwords and more!)

Many of my older titles - like The Bootscootin' Books - will also be coming out in print in the coming months!!!

So many exciting things happening in DDScottville, and I'm thrilled to share them with you!!!

Thank you for all of your love and support and HAPPY READING!!!

~~~ DD



Sunday, September 28, 2014

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras #6: Live Like a Kitchen Witch

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

It's been a long time since I've shared one of my Magickal Mantras. With Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows' Eve right around the corner, now is the perfect time of year to share one of my Wonderfully Witchy mantras.

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantra #6: Live Like a Kitchen Witch



Isn't this a terrific way to live life?!

I especially love the Kitchen Witch's "L":

Love goes into every dish

I've found that Living Like a Kitchen Witch is the perfect complement to a Vegetarian, Almost Vegan, Lifestyle as well. :)

In case you've missed all or a few of my Magickal Mantras, here's the scoop:

#1: An Apple a Day Brings Magick Your Way

#2: Hearth and Home, Health and Wealth, O Bright One

#3: Bubble Up!

#4: Lighten Up! (with Imbolc, also known as Candlemas)

#5: Celebrate The Moon


The Best of Magickal Mantra Living --- DD Scott, Witch-in-training

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ereader News Today (ENT) is Featuring D. D. Scott's Next Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2)!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

Huge shout-outs and thank you's galore going out to Ereader News Today (ENT) for featuring my next Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) as one of their recommended Bargain Books.



A Royal Christmas Rescue on ENT
(99 Cents for a Limited Time; $2.99 after November 1st)

***A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE is available as a Preorder, meaning that you order it today, but you don't get charged until it arrives on your ereader on or before November 1st. I'm also giving away a few fabulously fun prizes which you're eligible to win if you've preordered the book. Here's the scoop on that: Preorder Party***

ENT is "the" site I rely on to find my next ebook! I subscribe to their daily email which arrives in my Inbox around 3 PM Eastern Time, 7 days a week. It's the best way I've found to discover each day's Bargain Book listings. You can choose which genres you're interested in, so that's all they'll send you, making it super-easy to discover the types of books you're interested in adding to your ebook library when they're on sale!

I've been featured on ENT several times now, and have been fortunate to find thousands of new DDScottville Readers with ENT's help!

It doesn't get much better than having an endorsement like this from one of the premiere Ebook Reader Sites:

PRAISE FOR D. D. SCOTT:

"...one of the top Romantic Comedy/Humorous Mystery writers out right now." — ENT (Ereader News Today)


Thank you, ENT, for helping readers find books!!! U rock!!!

Happy Reading and ENT-ing!!! --- DD Scott

Friday, September 19, 2014

A D. D. Scott Book Cover Reveal: KRISTIANICO'S CROWN PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 3)

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

I'm doing a huge Happy Dance this morning to celebrate my next book cover!!! Take a look at this beauty:



Aren't the colors gorgeous?! And how cute is that snow-white schnauzer?! His name is Da Vinci...yep...as in Leonardo. :)

A huge thank you to my DH (Darling Husband) for another beautiful cover!!!

***He's in the process of redoing many of my older covers as well, and I can't wait to see what he comes up.***

KRISTIANICO'S CROWN PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 3) will release in February 2015, and it will be King Dario's oldest brother David's story. Now that David is Kristianico's Crown Prince - The Heir Apparent (next in line to the throne), his life will never be the same and neither will that of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Holly. With the first of his chain of island retreat yoga spas about to open in Costa Rica, that's where he needs to be, not in Kristianico, trying to help his brother handle the Separatists promising to rip Kristianico apart. If only he could find all of the answers on his mat, one breath at a time, one yoga-deep belly laugh at a time. But maybe that's what they all need, a few good laughs and some quality time on a mat.

I'm really enjoying writing this new series for you, and I'm thrilled that you're loving it, too! The 5-Star Reviews continue to roll in, and I so appreciate each one of you who've taken the extra time to review my books. There's no better way to help your favorite authors find more readers than by reviewing their books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, or Goodreads. So again, thank you so very much!

For those of you new to this series, here's the line-up:



Amazon (available in ebook and print format)

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Oyster

Scrib'd




Available for Preorder on:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

(If you Preorder now, it will be automatically sent to your ereading device on or before November 1st, and you won't be charged until then. So cool, right?!)




Coming February 2015 (in both ebook and print formats)


Happy Reading! --- DD Scott