Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day always falls on February 14, and is the traditional day on which lovers in certain cultures let each other know about their love, commonly by sending Valentine's cards, which are often anonymous. The history of Valentine's day can be traced back to an obscure Catholic Church feast day, said to be in honor of Saint Valentine, are discussed below. The day's associations with romantic love arrived after the High Middle Ages, during which the concept of romantic love was formulated.

Some legends go back to erotic festivals in ancient Rome that happened to take place during February. Women would dress up as wolves and wait to be whipped by men wearing loin cloths. Today in Italy and Greece, young men still chase young women while brandishing whips - made of plastic. The Lupercalia (February 15), was a fertility festival until 495 A.D., when a pope put a stop to it.

Check This Out:  I am blessed to say my husband has recovered and was released back to work after having Mohrs Surgery followed by a one-step rhinoplasty surgery. This has weighed on our minds, hearts, and souls since December, and are thankful for the results and care he received. We celebrated yesterday (Valentine’s Day) by spending the entire day with each other away from the confinement of our home. So I hope that you will forgive me for the lateness of this newsletter.

The cover for Simply To Die For is in the Moonlight and Mystery monthly cover contest. You can cast a vote for your favorite cover here:


My inspiration for Melt My Heart was a call by my publisher, The Wild Rose Press. They asked for books that revolved around candy heart sayings, so I did some research found Melt My Heart and built the book around it. It took some time, but I thought about what kind of hero would melt my heroine's heart.

I played with ideas, brainstormed with my critique group, and came up with Lexi and Gabriel. Because I pretty much don't plot my books out, I just started writing. By the time I was done, I knew I had to change the beginning of the book, and show more how my characters grow and change.

I had a lot of fun writing the book because it challenges me to think outside the box.

Veterinarian Lexi Mallory wants to submit to the sexy new Dom from the club, but trauma from her past keeps getting in the way. It's a good thing Gabriel Huntington has a special way with difficult subs and sees the gorgeous Lexi as a delicious challenge. Unfortunately, Lexi fears her inability to relinquish control will finally test Gabriel's patience and he'll end their contract. Can Lexi lower her barriers and allow Gabriel's touch to melt her heart?

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Valentine’s Day

Mardi Gras

Sometimes a fantasy is better left undiscovered...

Someone has to protect the dead--from the living.

In order to submit she needs a special touch…
Recipe of the Month:

                                   Valentine’s Day Chocolate Love Potion

2 pods of vanilla                                                               1 liter of milk 
2 tbs spoons of pure cocoa                                               1 quarter of liter of tepid water
2 tbs spoons of honey                                                       2 tbs spoons of brown sugar 
1 half tea spoon of Tabasco or Cayenne pepper                1 glass of rum or tequila
1 pinch of salt                                                                                      

- Heat the vanilla pods 10 minutes in milk.
- Withdraw the pods, press them to extract all juice from it and scrape them to preserve small seeds.
- Add the pure cocoa to water with a quarter of tepid liter of water.
- Add hot milk while stirring up well, then to add honey, and the brown sugar.
- Incorporate while whipping: Tabasco or Cayenne pepper, salt, and rum or the tequila.
Is useful hot or cold. Drink in very good company!

Upcoming Events:

Ø  Third Saturday of the Month: OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø  March 16-18:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN (reader event)
Ø  April 18: Eufaula Memorial Library, 11:30am, Eufaula, Oklahoma (speaking event)
Ø  May 19: Donald Maass, Oklahoma City, OK, FMI email 
Ø  June 7-9: Wild Deadwood Reads, Deadwood, SD (reader event)
Ø  July 18-21: RWA Nationals, Denver, CO 
Ø  May 18, 2019: Capital City Author Event, Montgomery, AL (reader event)
Ø  October: Sterling North Book and Film Festival, Edgerton, WI (reader event)

UNTIL Next Time!
With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.


Spark your imagination and entice your mind.
Be adventurous and take a journey
into a new world to be inspired.
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.

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