Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

Did you know that there are two meanings to May Day? There is the traditional one we all know that have to do with magpies and welcoming spring, and of course the May Day Pole. But the lesser known meaning is that it’s a day of worker solidarity and protest. Who knew? For more information on its history click here.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.” ~~ Arthur Helps (1813-1875, British Historian)

OMG, this has been busy past few weeks for me. I got partial edits for my first cozy mystery, Simply to Die For from MuseItUp Publishing, and I finished writing, got edits for, and am just about ready to publish the second in the Brides Along the Chisholm Trail series, The Marshal’s Bride. I’ve also started working on the third in the series, The Cattleman’s Bride. And I hired a personal assistant! For me, this is a huge step in my career as an author. I am so thankful that Maria happened to have a spot open. I am looking forward to working with Maria.

Please remember that young author or poet in your family. There is a writing competition for kids between 11 and 18 years of age. Have your little Fitzgerald or Poe enter his/her works for next year’s New Voices Young Writers Competition for 2018 starting in November. FMI on how to enter click here.

FEATURED AUTHOR:  Pam Thibodeaux
I am 100% panster so when I sat at the computer with one scene in mind, Keri scrolling through her newsfeed and grumbling “bah humbug” over the ‘Christmas in July’ propaganda, I had absolutely NO idea where the story was going or what would happen. I was introduced to Energy Medicine a couple of years ago and find the whole concept of healing the body – or actually the body healing itself by correcting energy imbalance–fascinating. Along with EM, I’ve discovered the power of positive thoughts and prayers (see: You can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay). Add to that, my belief in the afterlife and the books & movies affirming those beliefs, and well, this story practically wrote itself. What is so amazing and encouraging for me is that Keri’s Christmas Wish is the first romantic story I’ve written in its entirety since my husband passed away in 2009. Oh, I’ve had things published that were already in the works, but other than a couple NF pieces, it is the only thing written from start to finish. Hopefully this means I’m in a much better place emotionally and other books/novellas/stories are sure to follow.

For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?
A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Snippet: She awoke in another dimension. Keri had no idea if she was in Heaven, but neither did she fear Hell. Her surroundings were reminiscent of a dense forest at dusk. Shadows danced against a sunset where brilliant colors bled from the sky. A light shone in the distance but as she moved toward it, Keri felt as though she plowed through molasses. Unease pricked her skin. The sound of water drew her deeper into the woods until she stood at the base of a vast waterfall and rapids so swift she dared not attempt to cross the river.
The light grew stronger, brighter. Beckoning. 
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 New Releases This Month:

May 1
Return to Bloodmoon Manor
Book 4 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Daniel and Hannah are newly married with their first child on the way when Hannah is bequeathed Bloodmoon Manor. After a lifetime of poverty, the wealth appeals to her despite barely escaping last time with her life.

May 1
 The Rancher’s Baby Proposal
The Hitching Post Hotel #6
Ally’s long-ago first crush returns to town and now wants her, too - as a babysitter! Still in love with Reagan, she’s determined to win her way into his bed and his heart.

May 1
The Cowboy's Accidental Baby
Cowboys of Stampede Texas
Lydia is looking for love, but there's nothing wrong with Mr. Right Now while she waits for Mr. Right. One steamy night with Gunner has unexpected consequences.

May 9
Why Did It Have To Be You?
Connie Wilkerson is a new attorney, but she's finding out that her toughest battle isn't the one in the courtroom. It's trying to keep her hands off of her opposition.

May 15

Sinbad's Homecoming
Book 7 of the Adventures of Sinbad
A return to peace should've been an easy thing but SInbad finds residuals of combat can do strange things to a man. His discovery is one to break a father's heart, for now he has to choose: Hide his son's crimes or open the entire Clan to the shame of what he has done.

May 15

The Colors of My Life
A woman takes the place of a bank hostage and it changes her entire life. Bank robbers, kidnappers, and a daring romance.

May 19
For the Love of the Marquess
The Noble Hearts Series
She will never trust her broken heart to him again.

May 20
Spooky Twisties I
Tweens find themselves in some supernatural dilemmas that lead to unexpected ending twists. Mix of fun, humor and horror.

May 20
The Touchstone of Raven Hollow
Secrets of Roseville #3
Love is never lost; it haunts the heart.

May 23
A Counterfeit Heart
A feisty counterfeiter and a cocky British agent clash in this sultry Secrets and Spies novel by K. C. Bateman, whose witty, intelligent, and sexy historical romances have become her signature.

May 23
Echo in the Wind
Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet? 

May 30
Rebel’s World
A severely oppressed population seeks a new homeworld. A heavily armed private army sweeps down to destroy the emigrants. Can the raw courage and determination of the outnumbered rear guard prevent the planned annihilation?

Author Recipe of the Month:  Betty Bolté
I like making this simple yet elegant cake for special occasions. I've included it in my latest release, The Touchstone of Raven Hollow, as one of the desserts Tara chooses to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. It's light and refreshing and most important delicious! Enjoy!

Angel Food Waldorf Cake

Angel food cake mix (or bakery baked)
Cool Whip, large container
1 10-oz package frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
2/3 cup toasted slivered blanched almonds, divided
6 large marshmallows, quartered (or miniature marshmallows)
6-10 fresh strawberries of approximately equal size, capped, optional

·        Bake an angel food cake as directed on the package. Cool completely. Remove from pan; place cake upside down on serving plate. Slice off entire top of cake about 1 inch down; set aside.
·        Make cuts down into cake 1 inch from outer edge and 1 inch from edge of hole, leaving substantial “walls” on each side. With a curved knife or spoon, remove cake within cuts, being careful to leave a base of cake 1 inch thick. (Feel free to enjoy the pieces you remove as you won’t need them for the rest of the recipe.)
·        To a large container of Cool Whip (or other whipped cream) add a few drops of red few color and blend well, if you’d like. This step is not required.
·        Divide Cool Whip into two halves. Fold in strawberries, marshmallows, and 1/3 cup toasted slivered blanched almonds. Fill cavity with the mixture, pressing firmly to avoid holes in the cut slices. Replace top of cake and press down gently.
Frost cake with remaining whipped cream mixture. I like to add fresh strawberries of approximately equal size spaced evenly on the top of the cake. You can also sprinkle more almonds on the top and sides, if you’d like.

Betty Bolté writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild.
Get to know her at Website

 Upcoming Events:
Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø June 14-18: EPICon, San Antonio, TX
Ø July 14-17:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN
Ø October 6-8: Rock Island Arts Festival 2017, Chickasha, OK
Ø November 1-December 20: New Voices Young Writers Competition entry dates

Coming Next Month:  Toni Sweeney, June releases, and a new recipe.

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.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017

April showers bring May flowers.  Here in Oklahoma it is the start of tornado season, so please be weather aware wherever you live.  Plus, look out for those April Fool’s Day tricks!  Who has seen Beauty and the Beast?  I loved it and well, I have a confession.  Although I know the story and what it is about I had never watched the animated version, nor read the book.  Maybe that comes from having one child who happens to be a boy.

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

Quote of the Month:There is no friend as loyal as a book.~~ Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961, American Novelist) 

Check This Out:
Is there a young author or poet in your family? There is! 😊  Did you know there's a writing competition for kids between 11 and 18 years of age? You didn't? 😲  Have your little Fitzgerald or Poe enter his/her works for next year’s New Voices Young Writers Competition for 2018 starting in November. FMI on how to enter click here 

Graduation Night from the Chickasha Citizen’s Police Academy was on the 30th. It was one of the most special 11 weeks with a group of people I’d never imagined would become part of my extended family in my heart. I even shot an AR-15 and I’d never picked up a gun before, but the officer who helped me was very supportive and made it easy. Did it change my mind about owning a gun? No. Bottom line is I would take this academy again. I highly recommend that if your city has a Citizen’s Police Academy take it—it’ll open your eyes to a world you may not fully understand. So call your local police department and ask if they have a Citizen’s Police Academy. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Your gateway to Maxine's books:

Featured Author:  Kara O’Neal
     Love’s Redemption is the seventh book in the Pikes Run Series. It features Willa Kramer and Lonnie Davis who appeared in book two, The Sheriff’s Gift. The inspiration for my stories always comes from my characters. I imagine their personality, then put them into situations that reveal who they are.
Willa has a painful past, and she confronts it with a steady will and bravery I envy. One of my dearest friends in the world – I’ve known her since birth – was my inspiration for Willa. She is strong, true, has a very strict sense of right and wrong, and is fiercely loyal. She also hates crowds and prefers lounging at home. I love her dearly. (Can you tell?)
Lonnie is the perfect match for Willa. He is patient, calm, steady and brave. He loves Willa, and it’s this love that leads him to be everything he can for her. Lonnie is based off my husband. He is the kind of person who will sacrifice his own needs and wants for another’s safety and happiness. And this is the hero I needed for Willa. After what she has to overcome, she deserves someone who’ll walk through fire for her, and that is Lonnie.
I draw from the people around me. I am humbled by my family and friends and seek to show them what I’ve learned from them. So, I write characters that reflect their personalities.
My favorite part of publishing a book is writing the dedication. Sometimes I don’t know who the story relates to until I finish, but eventually the characters speak to me. I wouldn’t be an author without the people I love, and I thank them for blessing me with their beautiful imperfections and honest hearts. 

He paused. His chest tightened. He’d waited a long time to see her, had wondered if he ever would. Years ago, she’d wrapped him around her little finger, and he’d grown so attached to her, he’d thought about moving to Tennessee to be with her. But then she had stopped writing. To say it had hurt would be an understatement. But he hadn’t been angry. He could never be angry with her. Never. And now she was back and near. It was too tempting.
After taking a deep breath, he moved forward then went through the screen door. Even though it gave a loud creak, she didn’t turn. Did she know it was he who stood behind her?
The light breeze ruffled her skirt. Her long, velvety hair grazed the small of her back. An ache centered in the pit of his stomach. He’d missed her. And now she was here. “Hello, Willa.”

New Releases This Month:

April 1
Dead Drop
Book 4 Incognito Series
Roan Emory, Network operative, was inducted against his will. 25 years later, Roan is the most dangerous man in the world with the face of a fallen angel and the heart of a machine. Only legitimate death can free him.

April 1
Angel Unleashed
Rhys de Troyes, Blood Knight, knows all about quests. But will grounded angel Avery Arcadia Quinn, who has vowed revenge against the Knights, accept his help when their burning attraction threatens their missions in London?

April 6
The Chocolate Comeback
When a failed fashion model discovers joy as a caregiver, an unexpected chance forces her to choose between a lifelong dream and the man who thinks she’s perfect, just as she is.

April 7
Her General in Gray
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

April 15
SInbad’s War
Book 6 of The Adventures of Sinbad
The United Terran Federation wants his ships for their war and geta a refusal. It's only when the battle is brought to his planet that the eighth richest man in the galaxy enters the conflict, Sinbad lost his wife and child in the attack and there's nothing in the universe more dangerous than a Felidan who's lost his mate.

April 15
Essence of Absinthe
The Marquis Etienne has a secret involving his deceased eldest son. When he takes his family from France to Nouvelle Orleans to avoid the coming Revolution, he doesn't know he's taking his younger son into danger for in that city lurks a woman seeking vengeance and the spirit of a man who wants to live again.

April 17
Marrying the Wrong Earl
Lords & Ladies in Love series
Lady Arabella likes life exactly the way it is. She cherishes her freedom and the animals she rescues. Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has decided to take a bride. However, the one he chose is now beyond reach because Lady Arabella stumbled into his life…at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

April 23
A Sheriff’s Passion
Sheriff Shane McCall has always fought his attraction to saloon owner Silver Adams.  Wanting a reputation above reproach, Silver is the last thing he needs.  Even if she is everything he desires.

April 25
Missing: The Lady Said No
Chandler County Book
The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country. Detective Augustus Grant faces his most baffling case to date.

Author Recipe of the Month:  K.C. Bateman

The adventures of my codebreaking heroine and spymaster hero in A Raven’s Heart inspired me to try this delicious almond cake. Made in cities across Northern Spain, it’s called Tarta de Santiago. Pilgrims who visit the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia see it in the windows of every pastry shop and restaurant. It comes in many sizes, often marked on top with the shape of the cross of the Order of Santiago. It’s very easy to make and gluten-free! With the wonderful Spanish combination of oranges, lemons, and almonds, this should put you in the mood for a fiesta! Enjoy!

Tarta de Santiago
1/2 pound (1 3/4 cups) blanched whole almonds
6 large eggs, separated
1-1/4 cups superfine sugar
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
4 drops almond extract
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting.

·        Finely grind the almonds in a food processor.
·        With an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar to a smooth pale cream.
·        Beat in the zests and almond extract.
·        Add the ground almonds and mix very well.
·        With clean beaters, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold them into the egg and almond mixture (the mixture is thick, so that you will need to turn it over quite a bit into the egg whites).
·        Grease an 11-inch springform pan, preferably nonstick, with butter and dust it with flour.
·        Pour in the cake batter, and bake into a preheated 350°F for 40 minutes, or until it feels firm to the touch.
·        Let cool before turning out.
·        Just before serving, dust the top of the cake with confectioners' sugar.
·        If you like, cut a St. James cross out of paper, place it in the middle of the cake, and dust with confectioners' sugar, then remove the paper.
Optional: serve with a scoop of cream or ice cream and top with toasted slivered almonds. Yum!

K. C. Bateman is known for her witty, intelligent, and sexy Regency / Napoleonic historical romances. The first two books in her Secrets & Spies series, To Steal a Heart and A Raven’s Heart are available to buy now. 

Upcoming Book Signings / Appearances: 
Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWAMeeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø June 14-18: EPICon, San Antonio, TX
Ø July 14-17:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN
Ø October 6-8: Rock Island Arts Festival 2017, Chickasha, OK

Coming Next Month:  Pam Thibodeaux, May releases and a new recipe.

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 from Pinterest
“Disney's Bambi -Little April Shower-” from WaltDisney4Life Channel YouTube