Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Visiting this Holiday Season


Hi Friends!

Happy Holidays!  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Festivus and happy anything else you can think of. In other words - I hope you're happy and having a good time!

Between the Villa Fortuna Bake Shop Swap, the FB VF Launch Party, beginning a new writing project, and visiting the bloggersphere this holiday season, I've been a joyfully busy lady! So far the reviews for Villa Fortuna are everything a girl could ask for and I'm overjoyed!! One even said she loves me!! How's that for a thumbs up?! LOL

Thank you to all my friends, who participated in the bake swap and made the launch so very special. We shared some fabulous recipes and began our holiday season on the right foot: eating sweets. Bakery Here  And yes, I am toying with the idea of have a Vanity & Pride Press Weight Loss Contest after all the sinfulness of the season.

First order of business is to announce that DEZINGER is the WINNER of the little giveaway I hosted here last month. Friend, CONGRATULATIONS, you have won the gorgeous Jane Austen Illustrated 2016 Peacock Edition Calendar designed by JT Originals.  http://www.jt-originals.com/2016-calendar.html  Shoot me an email, and I'm delighted to get it out to you!  Thank you so much for commenting!

If you haven't stopped by Villa Fortuna's blog visits yet, you must do so for some good ole fashion celebrating - GIVEAWAY time!! Please support these lovely ladies with your comments and cheer! And Good Luck!!



Villa Fortuna: Pride, Prejudice & a Haircut by Cat Gardiner! Review and Giveaway!
December 9, 2015 by Margiesmustreads · 

"It is rather amazing to me that in just one year, Cat Gardiner has managed to write 3 JAFF books that have easily become some of my absolute favorites! I love her!" ...http://margiesmustreads.com/2015/12/villafortuna/


* Rating: 5 stars out of 5 * 

“VILLA FORTUNA,” BY CAT GARDINER/ A REVIEW AND SOME GIVEAWAYS, ITALIAN STYLE!

"After reading “Villa Fortuna,” I believe that Cat Gardiner has created another fabulous read that will appeal to a wide range of readers!" ... http://justjane1813.com/2015/12/04/villa-fortuna-by-cat-gardiner-a-review-and-a-giveaway/

If you haven't yet added Villa Fortuna to your TBR list, consider it. I think you'll have a few laughs and maybe give a try to some of the recipes within. Here's your Santa link: 
May the coming year be blessed for you and your loved ones!  See you at my next blog tour stop at Delighted Reader on December 16

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Fun and Sisterly Love

It's here, kittens!  I am so elated to announce that Villa Fortuna has published on Amazon in e-Book. Nook should be live any hour or so, and the paperback will be forthcoming next week. Get your e-Book copy here:



Book Blurb:
Inspired by Jane Austen's most beloved Pride and Prejudice characters. Discover the romance and comedy of Villa Fortuna where Little Italy collides with the country club set … at a hair salon.

Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild lived an orderly and focused life in Los Angeles until …

an unexpected death, a questionable inheritance, and an eighty-year-old Mafia vendetta required a trip home to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx. After thirteen years of running from her Italian-American upbringing, Elizabeth dreaded returning to the ethnic world of colorful hand gestures, passionate arguments, and living with her two stereotypical sisters in their rundown apartment above a bakery.

Her plan: get in, take care of business, celebrate Christmas, and then escape as quickly as possible. However, returning to the Bronx assailed the senses like her mother's lasagna. She didn't count on Italian pastry, homemade wine, a beauty parlor, and the enticement of a dashing plastic surgeon known as Michelangelo.

Will Elizabeth flee her childhood home where the foundation of faith and famiglia is so strong? Or will she stay and embrace all the traditions that once embarrassed her? Should she succumb or resist her elder sister's admonishment,

“Your home is where your heart is, and we are your heart—marinara, cannolis, the church, and the family! The whole shebang!" 

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If your stomach is growling for sweets, check out the Villa Fortuna Bakery for newly added delicious recipes from our bakers! http://villafortunabakery.blogspot.com/