Archive | April 2015

The Two Things I Can’t Seem To Live Without (Right Now)

It is funny how you go through these periods in your life where there seem to be certain foods that you just have to have.  I am in one of those right now.  And the two foods that I am going crazy over is cottage cheese and tomato basil soup.  I know those are two interesting things to be hooked on but that is what it is right now.  I am eating cottage cheese everyday for lunch and ordering/fixing tomato basil soup any chance I can get.  Applebee’s has really good tomato basil soup I have found.  I guess there could be worse things I could be stuck on. 

Seduced By Sunday and Catherine Bybee

One of my favorite series of books is the Weekday Bride Series by Catherine BybeeI love the characters and I like how the characters from previous books make appearances in the newer books.  I feel as if they are almost family.  So I was super excited when I was given the chance for Southern Belle Charm to be a stop on the Catherine Bybee Seduced by Sunday Blog Tour.


(Link for Tour Wide Giveaway is at the bottom of the page.)


BIO:Bybee Photo

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.





The Weekday Bride Series, Book SIXSeduce by Sunday L

Montlake Romance, Contemporary

April 14, 2015, First Edition

Paperback & Kindle

Meg Rosenthal: Matchmaker by day, realist by night, Meg is not about to get swept away by a charming, darkly handsome businessman in a designer suit.

She’s come to a beautiful secluded resort to evaluate the private island’s potential for her agency, not to ogle its owner. But there’s something about the magnetic man that’s hard to resist, even for a woman who refuses to fall in love.

Valentino Masini: A successful and drop-dead sexy businessman, Valentino is used to having the finer things in life. Yet he’s never wanted someone the way he wants Meg, who’s stirring up a hurricane of trouble in his heart. But just as he decides to convince her to stay, someone else decides it might be time to get Meg off the island…permanently.


Praise for Catherine Bybee

“Suspense, survival, and chemistry mix in this scintillating read in the style of Julie Garwood and Suzanne Brockmann.” —Booklist on Fiancé by Friday

“This is a book nobody should miss, because the magic it contains is awesome.” —Booked Up Reviews on Married by Monday

“[A] wonderfully exciting plot, lots of desire, and some sassy attitude thrown in for good measure!” —Harlequin Junkie on Single by Saturday










A shadow fell over her, drawing Meg’s attention from the nap she was trying to take. It might have been unfortunate that she opened her eyes to find a pair of dress pants, with a rather impressive bulge hiding the sun…but Meg found herself tearing her gaze away to follow the overdressed path to broad shoulders, partially shaven face…dark eyes.

“Mr. Masini.”

“Miss Rosenthal.”

“You’re a little overdressed for the pool, don’t you think?”

The weight of his eyes traveled over her exposed skin. The bikini hid the important parts, but didn’t leave a ton to the imagination. She couldn’t tell if Val’s lips twitched with admiration for what he saw, or disapproval. Either way, she felt a little like a Catholic school girl who’d shown up for the first day of school with the wrong uniform… which had actually happened to her before her parents decided to ignore her grandparents’ suggestion that public school might prove best.

His gaze lingered on her thighs and Meg felt the need to squirm. Instead, she simply called the man out. “You’re staring, Mr. Masini.”

He jolted as if his own personal earthquake woke him. “Please, call me Val.”

“We’re on a first name basis now?”

Val rocked back, placed his hands into his pockets as if he didn’t know what to do with them.

He’d been nothing short of cocky since before she’d arrived…this new look suited her just fine.

“I welcome all my guests to use my name.”

“Yet you don’t go by Valentino. I’d think you’d prefer only friends call you Val.”

“Are we not friends?”

Meg couldn’t help it, she laughed. “Sure, Val, let’s be friends…you can call me Margaret. Miss Rosenthal reminds me of my great aunt who never married.

His eyes laughed even though his lips didn’t. “Don’t you use Meg?”

“Let’s not push it, Val.”

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RIP: Steve Bryrnes

I was deeply saddened by the news that NASCAR Announcer Steve Brynes passed away on Tuesday.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  He was a great announcer and I’m sure to those that loved him an even better father, husband, and friend.  Another gone way too soon. 

Southern Belle Reads: 2015 Reading Challenges

I have decided to make a few changes to my personal reading challenge.  Instead of 12 Civil War Novels and 12 Self Help Novels, I have decided to do 6 Civil War Novels and 6 Self Help Novels.  I think that is a much better break down.  Plus I don’t think it will burn me out, I think the 12 and 12 was just a little too much.  I will keep you posted!

The Best Laid Plans

As you all know by now two weeks ago I traveled to the heart of Southern Belle Country.  My plan was to have the week I was gone be Food Week here on the blog.  But my vacation got the better of me.  Then there was my plan to have the week I returned be My Journey into the Heart of Southern Belle Country Week.  But again my life got the better of me.  The new baby came, I was baby sitting, and catching up at work.  I love writing this blog and I promise to do better about posting new posts, but as always sometimes the best laid plans don’t come to be. Thank You for reading.

Catching Up

Wow!  What a whirlwind these last two weeks have been.  Last week I was in the Heart of Southern Belle Country having a great time enjoying Southern Homes.  Then Friday night I was at the Grand Ole Opry,  Saturday we got home from vacation, and Sunday was Easter.  Sunday was also the day the one year old became a big brother and the six year old finally got her little sister.  Monday I watched the one year old and six year old and then Tuesday it was back to work from Vacation.  So these past two weeks have been a whirlwind.  I need this weekend to try to catch up.  I have so many things I want to share with you but just have not had the time.  Bear with me everyone it will all be shared very soon.