Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day America! Summer arrived here in Oklahoma with a full head of steam. I’ve given up going to my local park to write as it is just too hot, so I’ve been going to the local McD’s in the morning and then either the library or the local Arby’s after lunch to write. Sometimes a change of scenery works wonders.

In this Issue:
Quote of the Month 
Check This Out
Featured Author  
Recipe of the Month
Upcoming Book Signings/Appearances
Coming Next Month

Quote of the Month:  We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson, President United States of America (1743-1826)

Check This Out:  I have finished my first suspense novel—Simply to Die For! And I’m so excited to announce that I’ve starting writing my first western historical! I still haven’t a name for it just yet, but it’s part of the box set Wanted: One Bride with our featured author this month, Callie Hutton, as well as with Peggy McKenzie and Heidi Vanlandingham. If you have Kindle KU, be sure to check out my Amazon author page downloads.

Featured Author:  Callie Hutton

I asked my street team if they would prefer a new series about either a wagon train or a mail order bride.  So many of them said 'both' that I came up with the idea of four women in jail who are ordered by the marshal to either go to prison or join a wagon train as mail order brides. Hence, we have both a wagon train and mail order brides. Adelaide is the first book in the series. The second one, Cinnamon, will come out in September as part of a boxed set with three other awesome authors, Maxine Douglas, Peggy McKenzie and Heidi Vanlandingham.

Dodge City, Kansas, 1877. Adelaide Markham is one of four female prisoners sitting in Dodge City Jail. The sheriff offers them a choice. Either sit in jail until the circuit judge sobers up enough to hear their cases, or get on the wagon train traveling to Santa Fe as mail order brides.
A recent widow who just lost her child, Adelaide prefers marriage to jail, but wants no part of motherhood. The pain is too great.
Miles Ryan has been threatened by the wagon train master that he and his two recalcitrant daughters will be left behind at Fort Dodge if he doesn’t find a wife to control the girls.
Miles takes one look at Adelaide and decides she’s for him. Unfortunately, it’s not until the deed is done that she learns she is a mother once again.

July Traditions: 

July 1—Canada Day
July 2—I Forgot Day 
July 3—Compliment Your Mirror Day  
4th of July/Independence Day:  Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). Read more here.
July 7—Chocolate Day
July 14—Bastille Day
July 20—Moon Day

Click here to read more about these and other July holidays!

Recipe of the Month:

Firecracker Pancakes

2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red and blue food colors

ü Brush griddle or skillet with vegetable oil, or spray with cooking spray. Heat over medium-low heat.
ü In medium bowl, stir Pancake ingredients with whisk until blended.
ü For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook about 30 seconds or until edges are dry. Turn; cook other side until golden brown.
ü To make glaze, beat powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth. Divide into 3 bowls. Leave 1 white. Tint other 2 with red and blue food colors.
ü Drizzle red, white and blue glaze over pancakes.

Upcoming Book Signings / Appearances:
©     3rd Saturday of Month:  OKRWA Monthly Meeting, OKC Museum of Art
©     September 30-October 2, 2016:  Rock Island Arts Festival, Chickasha, OK
©     July 13-17, 2017:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN

Coming Next Month:  August Traditions, and featured author Stan Hampton.

With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.

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

 Above photo found on Pinterest
Video from Sons of Liberty, History Channel, on YouTube

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