Release Fun for The Elnora Monet

Hello Readers!

I am excited to bring you The Elnora Monet which is this month’s release in the Independent Islands Series!

For this release, we were asked to tell readers about what we like to create. My favorite thing to create is themed hospitality. I love to host dinner parties, parties for my family, or parties for friends all around a particular theme.

Why?

I think it is because I enjoy the fellowship of others. This last year has taught me to value and appreciate the time I have with people. It is a joy to see them being able to fellowship together  – to laugh, smile, talk, and be encouraged. It is special to be able to facilitate and be a part of it.

May I share with you some of the  fun themed events I have done over the last year.

 

Supper Club

The Supper Club came about in the most interesting of ways. I was reading two books at once – a fiction book that talked about a pop up restaurant that is every Saturday that was a special thought out meal and a non-fiction book that talked about using your hospitality for other. I thought about this over and over and over until an idea formed. What if I created a special meal that brought together different people to draw them closer together and closer to God?

The Supper Club was born.

The Supper Club consists of 6 courses all made from scratch around one theme. For this past Super Club, we featured American Cuisine. It started with Deviled Eggs as the appetizer, then a special prayer. The second course was a wedge salad with an explanation of why we do The Supper

Club. For our third course, we had vegetable soup and sang worship songs all together, Brisket, mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower for those on Keto), asparagus and butter stuffed garlic rolls served as the main course (the fourth course) with an ice breaker so we could get to know each other better. Next came the coffee (or tea) course served with cookies. During this course, the fifth course, we were lead in a a devotion to bring us to think about the Lord. Our final course was raspberry cheesecake mousse for dessert (we even found a Ket one!).

Of course, no special dinner would be compete without a special gift for each attendee. For this Supper Club, we made chocolate flowers. We used these as place cards so each person knows where to sit.

What a special time to get to know others and be drawn closer to the Lord!

 

Resurrection Celebration Dinner for our family

I love my family. Being able to combine that with a chance to serve them is gold in my book. This year we served ham my hubby smoked and it was so yummy! To make things extra special, I created a setting for each person with a special gift of a cake pop and a Starbucks gift card as a treat.

It was a blessing to watch all the family visit after the last year of not being able to see them much!

 

 

 

Denise’s Birthday Party

Denise turned 25 this year! Can you believe it? The time has gone by so quickly!

I wanted to do something extra special for her and asked her what theme she would like for her party. She chose Harry Potter and I was off to the races.

For atmosphere, I had my daughter, Kelsey, create Hogwart’s Letters and Josh hung them from the ceiling in the den. We hung floating candles in another room and floating keys. with wings in the hallway. In the windows, we hung the house colors. We had Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom along with various signs and posters around the house.

For food, I had all kinds of items designed around the theme – dragon’s eggs (deviled eggs), Dumbledore’s Pensive (Jello), broom sticks (pretzel’s and cheese), dragon tartar (meatballs), pepper up potion (soup), and Hagrid’s cakes (cornbread muffins) plus more! Instead of cake, we had sorting hats. Inside each one were one color M & M’s so when you open the ice cream cones, you could see which house you were sorted into.

My favorite thing had to be the Treat Trolley. A three tiered trolly full of various treats you would find on the Hogwart’s Express. We had things such as chocolate frogs, Jelly Slugs, Lemon Drops, Black Lack Inhabitants, House Points, Chocolate Wands, and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean.

It was so fun to celebrate Denise! Here are a few pic’s of the fun.

 

More about The Elnora Monet

Islanders call him the Elnora Monet.

Is that island speak for “pompous, arrogant jerk?”

When Carly Mulligan volunteered to make house calls on Elnora, she never imagined treating the richest cat on the islands. What other feline has his own wing in a mansion like the Belshaw Estate?

After a wrong turn in the mansion, Carly stumbles across a secret room—one filled with incredible paintings. Perhaps there’s something more to the man than she first thought.

Most people envy Jean-Luc Belshaw’s position. The heir to a lucrative business and family fortune, he should have everything he could dream of.

But Luc dreams of days past. Days when he traveled the world with his wife and painted the breathings of his soul disappeared with Angeline’s passing.  Faith and inspiration gone, he wonders if returning to France to take his place in his father’s business is the right thing to do.

Carly has a few relational demons of her own, and she’s reluctant to trust him, but Luc’s paintings draw her in even as his story touches a long-empty place in her heart.

Only God can transform two broken pasts into a work of art.

The Elnora Monet continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

Grab your copy HERE.

 

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Be sure to visit the other authors’ posts and enter their giveaway plus enter mine below.

Rachel Skatvold – April 27

Tabitha Bouldin – April 28

Carolyn Miller – April 29

Chautona Havig – April 30

Melissa Wardwell – May 1

Kari Trumbo – May 2

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Surrendered Bonus

Celebrate Lit is excited to introduce a new series by Author Jennifer Sienes with the first book releasing on April 30 called Surrendered.

The Celebrate Lit Team first met Jennifer at the Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference in 2018 and were impressed from the beginning. We fell in love with both the story and her writing style when we read her manuscript and knew we had to publish it. Check out more about this fascinating story:

Her father’s will is clear; do what he demands, or lose everything, including guardianship of her younger sister. But there’s a force at work–an evil set on destroying her and her sister. If only she knew whether the enigmatic man helping them is friend–or deadly foe…

After the reading of her father’s will, Tess O’Shay’s panic attacks return. In death, Sean O’Shay is attempting to accomplish what he couldn’t do in life—force Tess to finish her education, a dream she abandoned after being raped on campus. Unless she complies with her father’s wishes, she will lose all claim to the only home she’s ever known as well as to the family business. Worse, she’ll have to give up guardianship of her younger sister to Jake Holland, a secretive man fleeing from his past. Fine! She’ll show Jake and her father. She’ll muster whatever meager energy and strength she has, get her degree, and keep what matters most to her.

No matter what.

Then the man who assaulted her reappears, shattering what little strength she has left. Now she must dig deep to find the remnants of her mustard-seed faith…because that’s the only way she can face the past and right a wrong in order to secure the future.

 

With a new book, a new bonus!

You will meet Julia in Surrendered but you get to learn more about her and  her journey in this insightful prequel. Enjoy the excerpt!

 

Excerpt from Julia

“Hey Max. You want to go to the park?”

“Yeah.” His voice is muffled.

She steps into his room, and as soon as she spots him, her sour mood dissipates. He sits on his bed, back against the wall, with every stuffed animal he owns stacked around and in front of him. Only his head of blond curls and big blue eyes are visible. “What in the world are you doing?”

“I’m hidin’.”

Chuckling, she moves to the bed and sits on the edge. “We need to teach you the finer points of hiding.”

“Like what?”

“Not talking, for one. Why don’t you climb out of there and get yourself ready for the park. We need to gather some snacks and—”

“Daddy’s coming, too.” He pushes the pile of animals from his lap and scoots to the edge before climbing down.

She searches for a way to soften the blow. “Well, you know, Daddy and I talked about it and decided that I’d take you today, and he’ll take you tomorrow. Doesn’t that sound like a good idea?” She holds her breath, watching for any sign of disappointment.

“Okay.” He shrugs. “I guess. Did Daddy have to go to work?”

“No. He had an appointment he forgot about.” Julia ruffles Max’s soft curls. “Where’s your tennies?”

She glances around the room, everything, except the herd of stuffed animals, in their proper place. Stephen reigns even here. It should be easy enough—

“They’re in the closet.”

Well, duh. “Why don’t you—” The phone trills in the front room, “—grab them while I go see who that is.” She jogs down the hall and into the great room, glancing at her desk for her phone, which is silent. What the heck?

The phone trills again, but it’s coming from the kitchen. Did Stephen forget his phone? She finds it by the sink, it’s dark screen and cover blending into the black granite counter. Snatching it up, the caller ID announces Don. If it’s important, he’ll leave a message. But some internal nudge tells her to answer, which she does with the flick of her thumb.

“Hello?”

Nothing.

“Is anyone there?”

“Um, sorry.” A breathless voice. A breathless female voice. “I must have the wrong number.”

“Who’re looking for?”

“Never mind. Sorry to have bothered you.”

But Julia has a sick feeling it isn’t a wrong number. And just maybe, Stephen wasn’t late for a golf game.

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