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It's a Wonderful Life-More Behind the Scenes

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I've posted about how Philip Van Doren Stern's Greatest Gift became It's a Wonderful Life.  But there are so many interesting behind the scenes connections to this film, I can't resist sharing some of them.

Wartime Connections
While our hero, George Bailey, was ineligible for service during WWII due to his damaged ear, his brother Harry became a Navy pilot and a war hero. Jimmy Stewart was a pilot in the US Army Air Force and flew 20 combat missions during the war. He became one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in only four years during WWII.

A Civil War historian, novelist and editor in his own right, Philip Van Doren Stern served as general manager for Armed Services Editions during WWII. Also known as ASE's, these inexpensive paperbacks were published from 1943-1947 and provided to servicemen on the front lines. Featured authors included William Faulkner, Zane Grey, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain and H.G. Wells.  ASE's were immensely popular…

Lovestruck Two Step-Release Party

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Since Lovestruck Two Step is all about a making dive bar a local favorite, I asked my production team to describe their favorite hangout.
Harris Channing-Cover design Not only has Harris designed all of the covers for The Rhythm & Romance series and Hot Flash, she is also an author. And she did a cool job with Ever After, one of Susan Winters’ titles.
What's my favorite hangout?  I am a homebody.  My favorite part of the day is when everyone is home safe and sound and we're just hanging out.  I love watching movies with my daughters. Sitting next to hubby and catching up with how his day went.  Home is my favorite hangout. May seem boring but since I spend most of my time here, wouldn't it suck if I didn't just love it?
Marian Kelly-Editing Marian could truly be called a “Writer’s Editor” and she's worked with me on all four Rhythm & Romance titles. She also writes Regency romance as Colleen Ladd.

My favorite hangout is a tiny restaurant called The Wandering Moos…

Read 'Em & Eat-Mesquite Turkey Quesadillas

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Like most physical activities, dancing presents a challenge when it comes to dinner.You don’t want to feel weighted down by a heavy meal, but you don’t want to hit the dance floor hungry either. Also any lengthy prep time in the kitchen takes away from primp time in front of the mirror.😉
 Fortunately Mesquite Turkey Quesadillas are short on prep time and long on satisfying hunger. They are perfect to enjoy before a night on the town or for a quiet evening reading a good book like Lovestruck Two Step.
Mesquite Turkey Quesadillas
1/4 to 1/2 pound-sliced Mesquite Turkey from your grocery deli counter. Shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 white onion-chopped fine. Several tablespoons Balsamic vinegar (I like to use Golden Balsamic vinegar for milder taste). 
Marinade chopped onion in Balsamic vinegar for a few minutes. Assemble chopped turkey, shredded cheese and marinaded onion into flour tortilla and heat in skillet on stove until cooked through. 
Lovestruck Two Step
With her marriage and danc…