Valentine’s Day -Thumbs Up or Down?

Valentine’s Day -Thumbs Up or Down?

Last Thursday I took part in a Valentine’s Day Party on Facebook. One of the authors asked the readers–How did you meet your husband or true love? It seemed an appropriate question for that event. Two readers, however, responded that they were single and were happy to be. And I thought-YES! I know that it’s harder being single on a day when the world (our world) celebrates couples but being single can be a positive choice. I’d rather to happily single than unhappily married, know what I mean? I’m sure you do. 

I met my husband at church when we were in our mid-twenties and have been together for over forty years. I feel blessed because he has proven to be a good friend and a good father to our kids and he’s got a romantic soul–twice a year. On Valentine’s Day and our anniversary. I mean he was an electrical engineer–all right? Romance is a stretch for him! 🙂 So I hope whether single or “coupled” that you enjoy Valentine’s Day. 

Fun Fact:Necco Sweethearts — a.k.a. conversation hearts — were invented in 1866. Each box has approximately 45 sayings — including “True Love,” “Hug Me,” and “You Rock” — but you can personalize your own, too. And about 10 new sayings are added each year. So how about that???–Lyn Cote

BTW, my wintry romance, WINTER’S SECRET, is still FREE on all online retailers. Click here.

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Time to Talk Cover Models for a New Historical!

It’s time to talk cover models for a New Historical! Journey to Respect, the third novel in my Patriots and Seekers series.  Here are the covers from books one and two

You see that the covers have a series look. I need a new heroine image for the third book in the series, Journey to Respect. And I’ve chose 3 possibles from I need some feedback please. The photos are #1, #2. and #3, starting at the left and moving right.


  • Which model draws you to keep looking at her?

  • Which model makes you wonder about her?

  • Which model would “fit” the series look (above)?

Please leave a comment and as before, I will do a drawing for one commenter to win a copy of the new ebook when it comes out and a $10 amazon gift card. So please weigh in and maybe win! I need your help.–Lyn

PS. If you hover your cursor over the photo and then click the + sign, the image will enlarge.






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Madam C J Walker, America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire

Have you ever heard of Madame C J Walker? She was the first self-made (not inherited wealth) woman millionaire in the US.

This video is just a quick dab of info. If you click the tab above, marked Women Who Made History, I have a  longer video that tells much more about this remarkable woman.

Empowering Other Women

Not only did she make a million but she empowered other women to make a living and give them self-confidence in a world and time, that told women they were inferior and without value. This is what I love about America. Even in the time of Jim Crow, an African-American woman was able to pursue her dream, make her fortune and help others. I hope this nation will never lose its economic freedom or any other.

Believe it or not–

-Madame Walker’s products are still being sold. Here’s the Facebook page. Why not drop by and LIKE it? I did.


And here is the website about her company and her story.

Do you know of any remarkable woman that has been overlooked? Tell me about her.–Lyn

My latest strong heroine, Christiane.


A young beauty flees the French royal court,

Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite.

But one man can’t be forgotten-once her friend-now her enemy. 

Will he be destiny?

99 cent sale ends Saturday the 14th.






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Author Virginia Smith and the Inspiring Story of a Strong Woman

This post first appeared in January 2010.

My guest today is Author Virginia Smith, a great gal, who writes FUN books. Here’s Ginny:

“When I think of the strong women who have influenced my life, I can’t help but think of my mom. Born to parents who were members of the “country club” society, they raised her with the idea that she was destined to marry a wealthy man so she didn’t need to worry about silly things like math or science. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way. She fell in love with my father, who didn’t come from a wealthy family, and they eloped when she was a senior in high school. I was born when she was only 17, so when all her friends went off to college, Mom stayed home to raise me and, not long afterward, my sister, too.

I got my love of fiction from Mom. She has always devoured books. One of my earliest memories is of Mom standing at the stove, absently stirring a simmering pot with one hand, totally absorbed in the book she held in the other hand. She read to me, too, and then discussed the stories with me. She listened to my opinions, as though my thoughts really mattered, and encouraged me to express myself. And she didn’t just read fiction, either. She read everything she could get her hands on. She’s one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met. This same girl who was told not to worry her pretty little head about science, now reads textbooks about quantum physics for fun!

But I think the thing I admire most about my mother is the strength of her dedication to the Lord. Life hasn’t always been easy for her, but her relationship with God has never faltered. Even when life threw her a few curves she didn’t see coming, she never doubted that He had a plan for her, and that it was a good plan, and that she could trust Him to bring it to fruition. She made sure I knew that, too. I think that knowledge – that God loves me and has a good plan for my life – is the single most important factor that has shaped me to be the person I am today. I owe that to my mom.

To purchase this, Virginia’s most recent release, click the cover.

Thanks, Virginia.–Lyn

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Lyn Plans for 2018

It’s that time of year. We all look ahead and make plans–some personal and some professional. And the two are definitely interlinked, right?

This year I have a book written and will be releasing it in– I hope–in April. It’s the third in my Patriots and Seekers series, titled Journey to Respect. Click Books above to see the other two in the series.

Then I have some ideas for a new series set in my home area, the northwoods of Wisconsin, the series would combine romance and a light cozy mystery, somewhat like my “Northern Intrigue” series. Ditto click Books above to see those.

On the personal side, I rarely make resolutions but since I plan to move a bit more measured in 2018 professionally, I should be able to have more time for fun in 2018. I think that’s a really excellent resolution-more time for fun. Hope you’ll try the same one.

The world feels out of control. I pray that God’s will will be done because I can do nothing personally to change the horrible things happening that the news media seem to think I need to watch every moment of every day and night (24 hour news shoudl be banned!).

So I’m going to have fun and try to give those around me some cheer. And that includes you, friends. I hope my books and blogs will entertain you and lift your spirits. God bless us every one!—Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Zara Keane’s How to Murder a Millionaire

How to Murder a Millionaire (Movie Club Mysteries #3)

How to Murder a Millionaire by Zara Keane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying Zara Keane’s Irish Whisper Island mysteries. Her heroine is sassy and fearless–sometimes too fearless. She won’t give up till she finds the solution to the latest murder she’s tripped over. I wasn’t surprised when Maggie decided to stay on the island where her family has roots. I mean what has she got back in San Francisco–just an Ex and no career? This mystery is tricky because she is a guest of the millionaire’s family and the matriarch was her grandmother’s best friend. But that doesn’t stop Maggie from nailing the murderer. However, I really couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t accept her fee. Can anyone explain to me the catch?

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Lyn’s Christmas Card to You!

If you visit my Facebook page

you will see a lovely Jacquie Lawson Christmas card that will give you a taste of the northwoods. I wish you a lovely, warm and peaceful Christmas. –Lyn Cote

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Author Patricia Hickman Shares Handling Grief Through the Holidays

My guest today is best-selling Author Patricia Hickman, who lost her teen daughter. She will be sharing some of her thoughts and devotions today and on the next few Thursdays. If you have a friend who is grieving the loss of a loved one, you might want to direct her here. For comfort and to read how another person coped with loss. Here’s Patricia.

Grief Recovery Through the Holidays

By Patricia Hickman

After the sudden loss of our daughter, Jessica, we were warned by other grieving parents of the “dreaded holiday season.” Our family had always enjoyed our Christmas fanaticism, the neighborhood lights competitions, and the many annual traditions we practiced. Having loss thrust on us suddenly, we had to reconstruct Christmas. The old traditions were too painful so it became evident that we were going to have to create a new normalcy for the holidays. Because it had always been our tradition to hang the old handmade tree ornaments made by our children over the years, pulling those precious keepsakes out for me as a mom was devastating. We discussed the issue with our sons and agreed that for at least a couple of years, we were going to keep the tree in temporary retirement.

Whether it is a tree or some other family heirloom that reminds you of the loved one you have lost, thinking of putting those types of triggers out of sight in advance of the holiday season could help to alleviate some of the stressors that may negatively affect your raw emotions.

However, that didn’t mean we were going to force our boys to sit around the house glum-faced. A friend passed along a timeshare that first Christmas so we visited an island in South Carolina, a new experience for us all that created a fresh memory. We were surprised at how a change of scenery lifted our hearts out of the doldrums. The condo came with a full kitchen and we all cooked something different and fun, but not laborious.

After several years, my holiday spirit did return, the ornaments were pulled out, and I was glad to return to our old Christmas traditions.

The best gift a grieving person can give to him/herself is permission–permission to change traditions, to create new normals, to kindly say “no” to social settings that place high expectations on you. The practice of reflecting and memorializing brings more comfort than you know. Personal memorials aid your recovery like a healing balm. Holding a candle lighting service in honor of your loved one can be a comfort and allow you to reflect positively about the one you are missing. Our youngest son and I collected miniature ornaments that we felt his sister would love. We found a miniature tree with battery operated lights. We decorated the little tree, took it to the cemetery, and gave it to our Jess for Christmas. We felt as though somehow she knew and was there with us. Just as we were leaving the cemetery, a soft winter rain let go and in the dim grayness, we could see Jess’s tree shining out. It was a reminder of the light of Christ that had always shown forth from her heart. That is the power of memory-on-purpose. Purposeful memories bring comfort.

The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to be certain that you don’t fall into the denial patterns of trying to act like nothing has changed. Of course everything has changed from this time forth. By acknowledging that change, you fill that empty space with new memories and reflections; you grieve freely and positively.

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” 2 Cor. 4:8-10 NLT

Thanks, Patricia. I’m awed that you were able to face the grief and deal with it. I’ve seen families destroyed by the loss of a child. God bless you and your family.

Do any of you have any helpful hints about how to deal with loss at the holidays? Tell us your stories.

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This is Patricia’s latest book. Drop by for more info about her and her great books!




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Monday Dec 11th, A Christmas Tea with an Author-Lyn Cote!

 Christmas Tea with Author

I’m participating in “A Christmas Tea with an Author” on Facebook, which will include fun games and of course, PRIZES!

The final day is tomorrow with author Erica Vetsch.

Here’s the link.  Hope you’ll drop in during the tea. AND WIN BIG!

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Author Lauralee Bliss Shares How She Prepares for a Less Stressful Holiday

Lauralee BlissAuthor Laurlee Bliss shared this article several years ago but it’s still timely–don’t you agree??

My guest today is Author Lauralee Bliss who gives us a lot of ways to simplify our Christmas preparations–which BTW are nearly upon us! Here’s Lauralee:

“As soon as I see the month of December looming, I must admit that a certain panic sets in. Oh, the amount of work to be done! Not only in gift buying for the family but wrapping the gifts, decorating, cards, cookies and parties, and of course, Christmas Day itself. Don’t you just get dizzy reading this? My head is already spinning….

Okay, so I take a deep breath. I am a brave and courageous woman, faced with a multitude of responsibilities. And I do thank my dear Lord for giving me organizational skills that can really be useful this time of year. Without them, I know I would never be able to accomplish it all. Everything I listed is important to me. But I refuse to stress over it. I take it one step at a time. After all, this is supposed to be a joyous time of year. So I look at the calendar and begin making plans.


When do cards need to be done so people receive them on time? Order the cads (especially picture cards which are easy and come with signatures) now. Address envelopes while Christmas music is playing (that always soothes me). I order my cards online (like at and have them shipped right to the store to save postage and time.

Decorating the house.

Decide how or what you need to do. If we are having a party at the house, for example, we take more time to decorate it thoughtfully. Another idea is to make decorating a party itself. Invite family and friends to participate or make it your own family tradition. Have the kids and dad decorate the outside while you and the girls tackle the inside. Make sure to have the Christmas music playing. Order pizza for dinner so you don’t have to worry about a meal.


I tend to shop all year ’round so hopefully most of my shopping is done. But I have also participated in an annual event at my church that is fun. The first Monday in December, the ladies pile into a minivan and head for the big shopping mall in Virginia for a day of shopping . What fun to be with others and get the shopping done, too. It’s a chance to fellowship and even brainstorm ideas for gifts.

Christmas cookies.

Are you going to a party? Then decide on some easy cookie recipes to make. Don’t try to make complicated cookies in difficult shapes and / or with fillings (unless you really want too, of course!). For me, time is precious. I love, for example, my old stand-by–

Betty Crocker’s Russian Tea Cakes (or I call them Mexican Wedding Cakes).

A simple yet elegant cookie for a cookie exchange or a party. The snow white color and delicate buttery flavor is wonderful. And they are so simple to make, with only a few ingredients.

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup finely chopped nuts
¼ teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

These are a few ideas to making the December madness a little less maddening and more joyous. But above all, take time to pamper yourself. Like picking up a good Christmas novel.”–Lauralee

Here’s Lauralee’s latest book.Click the cover for more info.–Lyn


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