Saturday, August 30, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Raspberry Vanilla Chia, a Superfood Dessert

Happy Weekend, DDScottville Peeps!!!

How 'bout a super-healthy, super-easy and super-delicious superfood dessert?! That's what I've got for you today thanks to my wonderful friend Holly Hurlburt, who found this gem on www.youngandraw.com Thank you, Holly, and Thank you, Young and Raw!!!



Ingredients:

3-4 T chia seeds (white or black)
2-3 T shredded coconut
1/2 t vanilla bean powder or extract
1/4 c fresh raspberries
1/2 c coconut or almond milk
pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
2-3 T hemp seeds *optional add-on
1 t organic honey *optional add-on


Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for the raspberries and allow them to soften for 5-10 minutes. Add your fresh berries (I like to substitute or add blueberries) and enjoy. I put it in a Mason Jar, and sometimes, it's my "breakfast" dessert!!!

Young and Raw does add this note regarding the chia seeds: "Chia seeds can lower blood pressure, so be mindful if you have low blood pressure to enjoy chia seeds occasionally rather than every day in high amounts."

Happy Superfood Sipping!!! --- D. D. Scott

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Books by D. D. Scott (In Order from My Debut Release to My Most Recent Release)

Happy Hump Day, DDScottville Peeps!

Not long ago, I updated my DDScottville Books Page with a wonderful list of all of my books in order. That way, if you're like me, and prefer to read an author's entire backlist from his/her first book to their most recent, you can do that with my books.

I thought I'd post it again here as a regular blog entry so, if you'd like to, you can easily print it.

Here we go:

The Bootscootin’ Books
Bootscootin’ Blahniks
Stompin’ on Stetsons
Buckles Me Baby

The Cozy Cash Mysteries
Thug Guard
Lip Glock
Hullabaloo and Holly Too
Carats & Coconuts
The Royal Digs

The Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mysteries
Fluid Fulfillment
Licensed for Love

Boxed Sets
Bootscootin’ and Cozy Cash Mystery Boxed Set
The Cozy Cash Mysteries Boxed Set #1
The Stuck with a Series Boxed Set #1

The Stuck with a Series
Stuck with a Stiff
Stuck with a Spell
Stuck with Sleigh Bells
Stuck with a Slut

Belle Bishop Queen of Witches
Practical Mischief
Practical Mayhem—Coming 2015
Practical Madness—Coming 2016

The Royal Heirs
The Keys’ Prince
A Royal Christmas Rescue
Kristianico’s Crown Prince—Coming February 2015

Christmas Books

Hullabaloo and Holly Too (Cozy Cash Mystery Christmas Novella)
Stuck with Sleigh Bells (The Stuck with a Series Holiday Novella)
Hollywood Holidays (Home for The Holidays, Book 1)

D. D. Scott Books in Print Format:

The Keys' Prince (The Royal Heirs Book 1)
A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book 2) - Coming November 2014

Non-Fiction Books
Muse Therapy: Unleashing Your Inner Sybil
10 Years and 24 Hours to Indie Epublishing Success

The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies
Winter Wonderland Edition
Viva La Valentine Edition
Spring Hop Edition
Summer Fling Edition
Spooky Shorts Edition
Martini Madness Edition

Audio Books
Bootscootin’ Blahniks
Stompin’ on Stetsons
Buckles Me Baby
Stuck with a Stiff
Stuck with a Spell
Stuck with Sleigh Bells
The Stuck with a Series Audio Book Boxed Set #1
Thug Guard
Lip Glock
Hullabaloo and Holly Too-Coming soon!
Carats and Coconuts-Coming Soon!
Practical Mischief


That should keep you in books for awhile...LOL!!!

The best bang for your reading buck is to begin with my Boxed Sets (sometimes referred to as Bundles)! Here's the scoop on those:

DDScottville Ebook Boxed Sets








Happy Reading and Welcome or Welcome Back to DDScottville --- D. D.



Monday, August 25, 2014

D. D. Scott Accepts The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

My teeth are still chattering, and I'll be chilled to the bone for the next week, at least!!!

That's right...I accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

So much fun for such a great cause!!!

I was challenged by the amazing Johnna White of Downtown Sarasota's Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique (one of my fave stores in beautiful Downtown Sarasota). You can get all the scoop on how I was challenged in Johnna's way fun video...yep, that's my name on the fabulous sign she posted on the streets of Downtown Sarasota. As if I could say "no" after that little surprise...LOL!!!




Now you've got me, next to the palm tree in front of my house, dealing with my big ol' bucket of ice. It was so damn cold I'm thinking that it had to have been a special delivery from the North Pole by the big guy in the red suit. :)



Since I've conquered the bucket, I'm passing on the challenge to two more of my fave boutique owners in Downtown Sarasota. So, gear up Christine Baer of Wet Noses Sarasota and Ron Soto of Soto's Optical Boutique - show some love for all of those suffering from or who have suffered from ALS and let's see if together, we can raise enough awareness and support to find a cure.

The Best of The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wishes --- D. D. Scott

Saturday, August 23, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Lentil Loaf (No-Meat Meatloaf)

Happy Weekend, DDScottville Peeps!

Time for another one of my fave Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes - Really Good Vegetarian Meatloaf (Really!)



***Got this one from Food(dot)com on Pinterest

Ingredients:

1 cup lentils (I use Bioitalia 100% Organic Lentils from Italy)
1 small onion, diced
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup shredded Daiya cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
4 1/2 ounces organic ketchup
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried basil
1 T dried parsley
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper


Directions:

1. Drain and partially mash lentils

2. Stir in onion, oats and cheese until mixed

3. Add egg, ketchup, garlic, basil, parsley, season salt and pepper

4. Mix well

5. Spoon into loaf pan that has been generously sprayed with olive oil spray and shape by hand into a loaf

***I like to spread a little more ketchup all over the loaf, too.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown

7. Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes


Bon Appetit and Happy Lentil Loaf-ing!!! --- D. D.






Wednesday, August 20, 2014

D. D. Scott's Preorder Party Reader Giveaway: Think The Seven Chakras and Incense!

Happy Hump Day, DDScottville Peeps!!!

Today, I'm starting our very own Preorder Party!!!

I'm so excited and so very grateful to Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple, Kobo and Smashwords for giving me the opportunity to make my Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) - available for you to reserve long before its release date. That way, you don't have to remember to look for it when it releases on or around November 1st. You preorder it today, and it will automatically download to your ereader on or around November 1st. And...better yet...you don't get charged until it downloads!!!



Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on B&N Nook

Preorder on Apple

Preorder on Kobo

Preorder on Smashwords

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 new series, The Royal Heirs.

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

Stella Anastas, 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 in her daily life 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 Queen 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!

Fall in love with King and Queen Adonis of the small, French Riviera seaside country of Kristianico and their far-from-perfect family.

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE is a 45,000-word contemporary Christmas novella (about 125 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.

PRAISE FOR D. D. SCOTT:

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



Now then...Kristianico's new Queen also happens to be really into working with The Seven Chakras (Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown). And, she often uses Chakra Incense to help her balance the energies within and around her.

Well, if it works for The Queen, it's gotta work for the rest of us, too, right?

***I can tell you that it works for me!!!

So, how 'bout a Queen Stella-style, D. D. Scott Reader Giveaway?

I'll start with the first 20 people who email me at dd(dot)scott(at)live(dot)com that they've Preordered A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE. Please tell me when you preordered it and from which online bookstore (Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo and Smashwords). In mid-October, I'll put your names in my magical crystal dish - 19 of you will receive a box of my favorite Chakra Incense and 1 of you will win the Grand Prize which will include not just the incense but also a set of Chakra Stones and an Incense Holder.



HAPPY PREORDERING and THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AMAZING READERS AND AMAZING PEEPS!!! --- D. D.

P.S. 1 Amazing D. D. Scottville Reader has already one a Super Prize Package (which includes the Grand Prize Package as well as a few extra little magical gems --- and that would be Teresa Rodriguez, who was the first D. D. Scottville Reader to Preorder A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!!! Email or message me your mailing address, Teresa, and I'll get your prize package on its way to you!!!












Monday, August 18, 2014

D. D. Scott's 2014 Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) - is Available for Preorder on Amazon, Too!!!

Happy Monday, DDScottville Peeps!!!

I'm over the moon to announce that this year's Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2) - is now available for Preorder on Amazon, too!!!



Preorder on Amazon

I announced last week that Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple, Kobo and Smashwords invited me to do this book as a Preorder for them, but now Amazon has agreed as well!!!

Preorder on Nook

Preorder on Apple

Preorder on Kobo

Preorder on Smashwords

That means that all of you terrific Kindle Readers can reserve your copy of the book today!!! It releases on or around November 1st. If you preorder it, it will automatically download to your Kindle on or around November 1st. You also won't be charged till November 1st.

***As an extra treat for all of you who Preorder the book, I've set the Preorder Price at just 99 Cents.

If you preorder the book from Apple, you can also download the first three chapters. Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords don't have this ability yet, but hopefully they will soon.

I do have a Sneak Peek at Chapter 1 right here in DDScottville!

Happy Reading and Happy Preordering!!! --- D. D.

P.S. This coming Wednesday, I'll announce a superfab fun giveaway opportunity for all of you who Preorder A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!!! Stay-tuned and Click Those Preorder Buttons Now!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Black Bean and Quinoa Casserole

Happy Weekend, DDScottville Peeps!

Here's another one of my fave Vegetarian Recipes - Black Bean and Quinoa Casserole

Another perfect dish for your #MeatlessMonday meals or your #MeatlessforLife lifestyle!!! And if you're worried about getting your protein? Don't! The black beans in this dish gotchya covered!!!

I found this little gem on Pinterest, thanks to the Yankee Kitchen Ninja





Ingredients

1 cup quinoa - cooked per package instructions (usually 1 cup quinoa and two cups of vegetable broth set to boil then cover the pan and reduce heat to simmer or low for about 15 minutes)
4 cage-free, organic eggs
1/2 of 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup organic cottage cheese
1/3 cup sliced green onions
2 T gluten-free flour
1 t organic baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I use Daiya)
Salsa and avocado for serving


Directions

Preheat oven to 375

Prepare quinoa and set aside to cool a bit

In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs then add the beans, cottage cheese, green onion, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until well-combined

Fold in the quinoa and add the mixture to an olive oil sprayed, 8" x 11" casserole dish.

Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the cheese and bake for about 25 minutes (until the cheese melts and the casserole is beginning to brown).

Serve with salsa, chopped avocado and/or guacamole

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Yummy and super-easy, right?!

Enjoy!!!

Happy and Healthy Eating --- D. D. Scott










Wednesday, August 13, 2014

D. D. Scott Discovers Downtown Sarasota!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps! Happy Hump Day!!!

I've got a new DDScottville Project that I'm over the moon thrilled to share with you!

The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association (SDMA) has asked me to create, write, design and publish a fabulous monthly journal about all of the amazing merchants in Downtown Sarasota!

How fun is that?!

It will start out as an 8-page booklet, and I think we'll be growing very quickly from there!

I can't wait to introduce all of you in DDScottville to the wonderfully talented people making Downtown Sarasota one of most thriving Downtown Communities I've ever been part of. The cool part is that, even when you're not in Downtown Sarasota, you can be part of the magic from your living rooms as almost all of the merchants have terrific websites and blogs to keep you in-the-know and full of wonderful online shopping resources.

Here's a Sneak Peek at the first page of our Inaugural Issue (which arrives in October):



And here's the scoop from my Publisher's Spotlight for the Inaugural Issue:


I’m D. D. Scott, an International Bestselling Author and an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author, and I’m thrilled to be the Publisher and Editor in Chief of SDMA’s Downtown Merchants Journal, a Monthly Publication.

My DH (Darling Husband) retired after 30 years as a Sheriff’s Department Captain and Jail Commander in northern Indiana, we sold everything, bought an RV and headed to Sarasota, thinking we’d stay a few months. Lol! That was last November. We fell in love with Sarasota, especially Downtown Sarasota, sold the RV in January and bought a home.

Why Downtown Sarasota? Well, for starters, authors love artsy downtowns, especially when they have wonderful coffee shops, restaurants and unique boutiques. When you add in the gorgeous beaches, Selby Gardens, museums, the ballet, the opera, outstanding theater, a thriving independent film scene, and people who really care about their community, it’s a no-brainer. My muses are home!

I’m having the time of my life getting to know all of the fantastic merchants in Downtown Sarasota. If you are a Downtown Sarasota Merchant, and I haven’t visited your store, I will be soon. In the meantime, feel free to email me at dd(dot)scott(at)live.com with feature story ideas. If you’re hosting an event or guest artist, or have an exciting new product line or an amazing story to tell about your shop, let me know so I can share the news. And, if you’re a Downtown Sarasota Visitor and have discovered something you love about Downtown Sarasota, let me know that, too.

I’ll also be sharing the scoop on the places in Downtown Sarasota that I love in my monthly column — D. D.’s Downtown Discoveries. This month, I’m totally gaga over the Star Keeper CafĂ© and Pixie Dust. And my dogs are loving the organic, Dogs For The Earth food and treats I’m buying at Wet Noses Sarasota. Check out my column for the full scoop!

Loving Downtown Sarasota --- D. D. Scott

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ereader News Today (ENT) Features D. D. Scott's Latest Release The Keys' Prince!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

Today, I'm sending huge shout-outs and thank you's galore to Ereader News Today (ENT) for featuring my latest release - The Keys' Prince (The Royal Heirs Book 1) as one of their recommended Bargain Books.



The Keys' Prince on ENT
(99 Cents for a Limited Time; Regularly $2.99)

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! And 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)



I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 4th Anniversary! Yesterday, August 10th, marked the anniversary of my debut release - BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS.





What a wonderful ride it's been, and I'm so grateful to all of you for your love, support and enthusiasm. I will forever cherish the daily inspiration you give me to keep crankin' out new pages.

Happy Reading, Hugs and Love --- D. D. Scott

Saturday, August 9, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Quick Veggie Soup

Happy Weekend, DDScottville Peeps!

I thought I'd kick-off my blog series on Vegetarian/Vegan Recipes with one of my faves - Quick Veggie Soup

Sound yummy?

Wait till you taste it!

And...it's not difficult. I don't do difficult in the kitchen. LOL!

Quick Veggie Soup



***I make this little gem almost every week. It's great for a quick, healthy lunch or light supper. It's one of my Rachael Ray Magazine faves that I change-up a little bit based on what the DH (Darling Husband) and I enjoy.

Ingredients

3 T EVOO (EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 leeks - trimmed, quartered, sliced and thoroughly rinsed
3 medium potatoes - peeled and chopped
2 carrots - chopped
2 cloves of garlic (I love to use Dorot's Frozen Crushed Garlic Cubes)
Salt and Pepper
6 cups Vegetable stock
1 cup frozen peas
lemon juice (to your personal taste)
Simply Organic Garlic 'n Herb seasoning (again, to your personal taste)

Directions

In a medium soup pot, heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, over medium. Add the leeks, potatoes, carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Stir 1 minute, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies soften, 8 to 10 minutes. If the veggies get too dry, just dump in a tad more oil or a bit of the vegetable stock.

Add the vegetable stock, peas and garlic 'n herb seasoning. Simmer until the peas are tender and the soup is at the temperature you prefer for serving.

P.S. It's fantastic with a little bit of shredded Daiya cheese on top and a couple of crushed crackers in your bowl.

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That's it!!! How easy is that?!

Let me know when you make it and what you think.

Hugs and Love and Happy and Healthy Eating --- D. D. Scott

P.S.S. I often find fantastic vegetarian/vegan recipes on Pinterest so connect with me there and share the love!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Enter D. D. Scott's Goodreads Giveaways to Win Signed Paperback Books!!!

Happy Hump Day, DDScottville Peeps!!!

Now that I've got paperback books, too, I can treat you to fabulous Goodreads Giveaways!!!

If you're not a Goodreads member, sign up today! It's a great way to find books in the genres you love and a great way to connect with your favorite authors and fellow readers!

For my first Goodreads Giveaway, you could be one of 10 readers to receive a SIGNED COPY of THE KEYS' PRINCE (The Royal Heirs Book 1):




Goodreads Book Giveaway


The Keys' Prince by D.D. Scott

The Keys' Prince

by D.D. Scott


Giveaway ends September 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter to win





And/or, you could be one of 10 readers to receive a SIGNED COPY of A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2):





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




You've got till midnight September 4th to enter to win a signed copy of The Keys' Prince and till midnight November 1st to enter to win a signed copy of A Royal Christmas Rescue.

Good Luck and Happy Goodreads Reading!!! --- D. D. Scott

Monday, August 4, 2014

The First D. D. Scott Paperback is Here and The First D. D. Scott Preorder Book, Too!!!

Happy Monday, DDScottville Peeps! I've got my first cup of the day raised to each of you!

Yesterday, was a phenomenal day in DDScottville! I'm still Happy Dancing!!!

Not only is one of my books available in Paperback for the first time, but also you can Preorder my next book, which will be this year's Christmas book!!!

These have been two huge goals of mine, and they both went live on the same day!!!

For all of you wonderful paperback readers, The Keys' Prince, my brand new 5-Star-Rated series - The Royal Heirs Book 1 - is ready for you.



On Amazon

And from now on, all of my new releases will be available as ebooks and print books. I will also go back and reformat many books in my backlist for print.

I'm over the moon to welcome all of you print book readers to my DDScottville story worlds.

Now then...to treat all of you who've been reading my ebooks, I've got something very special for you, too...

For the first time, you can now Preorder my next new release!!!

Thanks to the amazing peeps at Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo, you'll be able to reserve your copy of my Christmas Book - A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book 2) today!!! And, it will then be automatically sent to your Apple, Nook or Kobo device on its release day, November 1st!

***Note: I'm hoping to convince Amazon Kindle to offer the preorder as well and will keep you posted on my progress.

If you Preorder the book on your Apple device (iPhone or iPad), you can also get a Sneak Peek at the first three chapters!!!



Preorder on Apple

Preorder on Nook

Preorder on Kobo

What I love about Preorders is that you can reserve your copy of the book you're wanting today, and not have to remember when to check back to see if it's out yet. Also, you aren't charged for the book until it releases. Cool stuff, right?!

In honor of both of these huge milestones, I've also lowered the ebook price of both The Keys' Prince and A Royal Christmas Rescue to 99 cents!!! So treat yourself and your friends to both books for less than $2.00.

Happy Reading and Cheers Hugs and Love --- D. D. Scott





Friday, August 1, 2014

D. D. Scott's A Royal Christmas Rescue Cover Reveal and Chapter One Sneak Peek!

Oh boy, DDScottville Peeps, have I got some Friday fun for you!!!

Here it is...the gorgeous cover for A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book Two):




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

Stella Anastas, 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 in her daily life 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 Queen 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 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!



I know I say this every time (LOL!), but I really think this cover is my all-time fave!!!

Thanks bunches to my amazing and very talented DH (Darling Husband) who hit it outta the park with this design!!!

A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book Two) will release Thanksgiving Day!

And for the first time, for one of my books, it will be available as a Pre-Order on Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and Apple! I'm hoping that Amazon will also make this happen! That way, you can reserve your copy early (in August - I'll let you know as soon as it's available) and be the first peeps to get a copy automatically sent to your ereader Thanksgiving Day.


In the meantime, here's a Sneak Peek at Chapter One:

CHAPTER ONE


Stella Anastas slid the last hairpin into place, trying to ignore the dozen or so dents in her fingers from working with the pointy pins. One would think that almost an entire card of hairpins would hold a tiara tightly on top of one's head. But over the last several months, she'd learned that, often, that wasn't the case.

It simply wasn't easy to secure 101.27 carats of amethysts and diamonds to the top of her head or to the top of any other queen or princess's head. There were entire blogs focused on the issue. And yes, she'd read every one of them and taken notes. She had to make sure this tiara in particular was secure. It was the most expensive one in Kristianico's Crown Jewels Collection, worn only for the kinds of formal state affairs that she and her husband Dario, formally known as King Adonis, were attending this evening to welcome a group of foreign heads of state. Sotheby's European Jewelry Department Chairman had recently estimated this early twentieth century tiara to be worth close to thirteen million dollars. Thus, the entire card of hairpins and the additional stress.

Luckily, her royal hairstylists had taught her a few tricks to tiara management. Stella had taken her stylist's advice and began growing out her thick hair, leaving her sassy bob behind with the rest of her former life. She now had just enough hair to braid, without having to add extensions. Braids were a total lifesaver when it came to keeping a tiara on her head. Not only did hairpins hold better in braids, if all else failed, she could also have her stylist sew the darn thing into the braid. Hopefully, she wouldn’t have to end up going that route tonight. She'd given Ray, her stylist, the day off, and she didn't want to have to call him in for another tiara emergency.

Securing her tiara, however, was only one of the difficulties Stella faced as Kristianico's new queen. It was less than eight weeks till Christmas, her absolute favorite time of year. Unfortunately, it appeared that the palace and its staff didn't share her enthusiasm and love of the season. They were behaving like a bunch of bah humbug scrooges. Kristianico was anything but a bustling Whoville. The Grinch would love it here.

Well, Stella thought, having a final look in her dressing mirror, she'd just have to change the ridiculously solemn mood. She was the queen of this gorgeous, French Riviera country, and although she'd been hesitant to exercise her power, instead deferring, for the most part, to her team of advisors over the months since her coronation, it was becoming more than apparent that if she wanted to celebrate the season, she'd have to take charge.

"Why the frown, darling? Is that beast of a tiara giving you a headache again?" King Adonis asked, coming up behind her with open arms, quickly settling her into the luscious warmth of his rock hard chest.

"As you know, baby, most all of the pomp and circumstance around here gives me a headache. But it's nothing I can't get through. I know what I signed up for. And I wouldn't trade any of it. I've got you. I love you. I love Kristianico and the life we're building here, and that's all that matters."

As soon as she'd finished reminding her sweet husband how much she loved him despite the headaches they both endured in the palace, Wyatt, their sixty pound lapdog was at her feet, settling his large rump against her ankles and giving her a not-so-subtle thump on the elbow with his huge head.

"I still can't get over how well you're doing with him in obedience classes," Dario said, giving Wyatt a hearty scratch between his ears. "Not long ago, he'd have been standing up on his hind legs with his two front legs attached to your shoulders, probably ruining your gown."

"Not bad, right?" Stella asked, giving into Wyatt's insistence that the head scratches continue. "He certainly is the epitome of his breed. Saying that Portuguese Water Dogs are energetic is an understatement, isn't it? I think our big boy takes energetic to a new level. Thank goodness Sophia taught me to make sure he gets at least thirty minutes of vigorous exercise per day."

"No kidding. I can't believe how much less destructive he is now that you've got him swimming and walking every day. Hell, you've saved most of the palace furniture. He no longer needs the legs as chew toys."

"Sophia is a genius when it comes to all-things dogs, isn't she?" Stella asked so glad for her expertise and even more thankful for her friendship.

"That she is. But if I'm not careful, she's also going to end up adding to our family," Dario said and laughed. "I know why you keep showing me the pictures she texts you with all of the new dogs she's holding adoption events for."

Stella couldn't argue with Dario. He was totally onto her. She'd wanted a dog her entire life, but not until Wyatt had she'd gotten her wish. And then, Dario had treated her to Gypsy. Speaking of which, she hadn't heard from or seen her in at least a half hour, which wasn't a good sign.

"Hey, have you seen Gypsy?"

"I have. So don't worry your pretty head. Come here a minute. You won't believe this unless you see it," Dario said, leading Stella to their walk-in closet, which was an entire room in and of itself.

Stella followed Dario to the far end of the closet and then to the right and down the hall where their dressing area was located. There, snuggled up inside one of Dario's Italian leather loafers that, as usual, didn't seem to make it back on the rack without outside intervention, was Gypsy, the newest member of their family. All four pounds of her tiny Chiweenie body almost hidden inside the shoe. When it came to size, Gypsy definitely took after more of the Chihuahua side of her mix than the Dachsund. Standing a proud six inches at her shoulders, she was the complete antithesis of her new BFF, Wyatt.

"That is adorable. Do you have your phone? We've got to get a picture of this," Stella said, whispering so that Gypsy didn't hear them and ruin the photo op.

Dario took his phone out of the pocket inside his tuxedo jacket. "Do you realize that I have more pictures of our dogs on my phone than I have of you?"

"Exactly the way it should be. Way to be a proud papa, baby," Stella said, giggling all to herself that her hunk of a man was nothing but a softy when it came to his dogs.

Dario shook his head, rolled his eyes and then took several pictures of Gypsy, their sleeping angel.

To be fair, Gypsy may look like an angel, but she was anything but. Lately, she seemed to be feeding off of some of Wyatt's piss and vinegar. An angel? No way. A diva-in-training? Much more like it. No one messes with Gypsy. Wyatt included.

Evidently, Gypsy felt their presence. Shortly after Dario snapped the last shot of her, she opened her eyes, stretched out and made the cutest sound, a half squeal half yawn.

"Did Daddy's princess decide to wake up?" Dario asked, bending down and scooping her into his arms.

Stella loved nothing more than seeing Dario like this. Wyatt, and now Gypsy, too, brought out the softest, most gentle side of him. A side that only she and the dogs were lucky enough to see. Dario Adonis wasn't just a magnificent King, he was a magnificent man. There wasn't anything he wouldn’t do to make sure his family knew how much he loved them.

This is the man Stella had loved since the moment she'd met him when they were young teenagers. The man she loved more with every passing day, even though she swore loving him more tomorrow than she did today wasn't possible.

With Gypsy cradled in the crook of his elbow, her tiny head nestled into his neck, Dario looked at his watch. "I suppose we should get going, huh?"

"I suppose so. But what I wouldn't give to stay home with our babies tonight."

"I know, my Queen. Me, too. But duty calls."

"Yes. Yes it does." Stella said, looping her arm through her husband's as they made their way out of their closet and back into their master suite. "Which reminds me. Now that I'm queen, I am in charge of how the palace celebrates the holidays, correct?"

After carefully placing Gypsy in her bed, with Wyatt's unsolicited help, Dario turned around and looked at Stella with a strange look on his face. The way he looked when he was hesitant to say that she was correct in her assumption.

"Yes. You're correct. But why do I have the distinct feeling that I'm going to regret admitting that?" Dario asked, his eyes twinkling with mischief. "What do you have spinning in that ornery head of yours?"

"Wyatt! Get out of there! I swear, you're going to break Gypsy's bed, yet. Hold on, honey. Save that thought," Stella said, planting a kiss on Dario's cheek then crossing the room in record time, doing her best to pull Wyatt, by his massive collar, without losing her tiara or her gown, out of the teetering frame of Gypsy's bed.

He had wedged his massive body inside the metal frame so tight that pulling him out of it caused the frame to take a ride on his back. Stella had to laugh, and Dario joined her. There was Wyatt, with the large frame — taken from the top of an antique gazebo that Stella had stumbled across on one of her and Sophia's many trips to their favorite architectural salvage shop — on his back. And there was Gypsy on her royal purple, velvet pillow growling and snapping at Wyatt for hijacking her private sanctuary.

"Okay, back to the Christmas thing," Stella said, having finally removed the frame from Wyatt's back, and with Dario's help, placing it back where it belonged.

"I can't wait to hear this," Dario said, his lips curling into his orneriest grin.

"Don't you find your staff a wee bit on the bah humbug side? I mean, c'mon, it's less than eight weeks till Christmas and no one has said a word about decorating for the holidays. Worse yet, every meeting I've been in where the holidays are accounted for on our schedules, the staff seems to be put off that they have to schedule around them. Where's the Christmas spirit in this palace?"

Dario's fun-loving expression immediately changed to one of a humbled remorse, bringing Stella's nerves and her heart down with it. Years ago, when they were in their teens and had first gotten together, he never seemed that into the holidays. But surely, after twenty-five years, he'd found a way to get into the spirit of the season.

"I know that the holidays mean a lot to you, baby. And I'll do anything I can to make it perfect for you. But, as you probably remember, in the palace, they've never been celebrated. You know how much of a scrooge my father was and Meredith still is. I guess their attitudes rubbed off on our staff, and I suppose, I'm sad to say, a bit on me, too."

Dario looked at his perfectly-polished shoes and with each second of silence that passed between them seemed to take more interest in the carpet.

"I guess I'd just hoped that after all of these years, things had changed around here and most especially that they'd changed for you," Stella said, unable to hold in a deep sigh that echoed the heaviness in her heart.

She simply couldn't let the holidays pass by without celebrating them and spreading the love of the season. Most of all, she now saw how much Dario needed her to bring back the love, light and miracles of this special time of year. It wasn't just that he'd never found a way to celebrate the holidays. It was that he'd never had a reason to celebrate them, a realization that stung Stella's heart.

Maybe that's what was wrong with the entire palace, and she hadn't realized it until this moment. Without the Christmas spirit during the season, it was impossible to carry that kind of joy in your heart all year long.

"I'll tell you what. With your blessing, I'd like to convene our entire staff later this week and see if I can't bring a little Christmas back into this stodgy home."

"Stodgy, huh?"

"Do you have a better word for it?"

"No. Not really," Dario said, raking his fingers through the unruly waves of his sexy, dark hair. "So, you've got yourself a deal. This year, by King's decree, Kristianico will have the first of what promises to be many wonderful Christmases. Does that work for you?"

"It sure does, Your Royal Highness. And thank you for this. Thank you for always supporting me even when you think I'm nuts."

"Your nuttiness happens to be one of the things I love most about you," Dario said, pulling her in for a sweet and very warm kiss, a kiss with enough passion to make her want to skip the state dinner. "But do me a favor, and go easy on our staff. They have no idea what they're in for, and I can only begin to imagine what I've agreed to put them through."

"So, for example, do you think renting a snow-making machine would be a little over the top?" Stella asked, with every intention of securing one, if not several. What's Christmas without snow?

Dario didn't say a word, although the look on his face made Stella think that perhaps it would be just a smidgeon over the top. Exactly what she was going for.


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I can't wait to share this story with you! It's the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season!!!

Cheers Hugs & Love --- D. D. Scott