Gingerbread Houses with Susan J Berger

Susan B James, author of Time and Forever, has a favorite holiday tradition. Gingerbread house decorating. She loves it so much that every year she gives two parties. One for her church and one for family and friends. She also gives out a gingerbread house making secret!! Check it out 🙂

Back in the 1980’s the party was much smaller and I built the houses from scratch. Now we use kits. I scout the 99 cent stores for fun candy and whip up a rainbow of frosting colors. 

I’ve never seen two houses alike and the looks on people’s faces as they create their masterpieces gives me such joy   

 The secret to building a gingerbread house from a kit? Straight pins. Ignore the kit’s This is so easy anyone can so it, attitude. Once you have glued your walls together with frosting, use straight pins to secure them in place. You can remove them when the frosting is dry. 


Time and Forever

1969. Love was free, man walked on the moon, and Sherry and Lorena found the loves of their lives. Sherry shared a kiss that dreams were made of, with a stranger on the tube in London. And ran away. Lorena found the love of her life in Los Angeles and married him.

The present. Sherry’s a successful businesswoman with two grown sons. Lorena’s an actress on a popular sitcom. Sherry’s husband dumped her for a younger woman eighteen years ago. Lorena’s husband died of cancer.

Sherry wants a second chance at Love. Lorena doesn’t believe that’s possible. But when a glitch in a Virtual Reality Adventure game sends them back to the real 1969, anything can happen.


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Audio Book (It’s 1.99 on Audible if you own the 2.99 eBook)




Jen stared at Lorena intently. “I need that accent. I’ve been looking for someone to coach me. We’re rehearsing A Streetcar Named Desire. Come back to the theater with us.”

Lorena looked at Sherry inquiringly.

“Go ahead, Lorena,” Jeremy said. “I wanted to borrow Sherry for the afternoon.”

Lorena and Jen both eyed him like disapproving mothers. Sherry stifled a giggle

Jeremy was the picture of injured innocence. “Honestly, Jen, do you think I’m going to take her to my flat and have my wicked way with her?”

I hope so, Sherry thought.

“This is strictly business. I have to interview Lady Dorchester this afternoon and I thought Sherry might be able to help.”

“That old bat? She’s barmy.” Jen said. She turned to Sherry. “Better you than me. Good luck.”

“Why does he need help interviewing her?” Lorena asked.

“She won’t talk to him unless there is a woman present. She’s totally off her rocker. Thinks she’s still a lady in waiting.”

“What’s wrong with that?” Lorena asked.

“To Queen Victoria,” Jeremy answered. “And she thinks her pet mouse is the reincarnation of Queen Victoria. I’m going to interview the mouse.” He turned to Sherry. “You don’t by any chance speak mouse? I could use a translator.”

“I’m sorry,” Sherry replied with a straight face, “the only mouse I was well acquainted with my s— ah . . . sister’s pet mouse and he spoke common field mouse. I’m afraid I won’t be much help.”

Jeremy’s eyes crinkled at the corners. “That’s all right. We’ll rely on Lady Dorchester.”


Author Bio

Susan is an actress as Susan Berger and a children’s book writer as Susan J. Berger.

Susan B. James is her pen name for romance. Time and Forever is her debut romance. She’s revising two more.

Under any name she is a certified bookaholic, a joyful grandmother, and absolutely believes in magic and happy-ever-after.

Where you can find Susan:

Blog:Susan B James

Children’s Book Blog:The Pen and Ink Blogspot

Facebook Author Page

Twitter @ SusanJBerger

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