Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

Happy Fourth of July – Independence Day! Please stay safe as your little ones light sparklers and attend your local 4th of July celebration.

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

Quote of the Month: “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” ~~ George Washington (1732-1799, First US American President, Commander of the Continental Army)

Check This Out:  
We took our youngest grand-daughter to Medieval Times in Dallas for her 10th birthday and she got “knighted”! She’s a princess of the realm! Here are a few pictures:

Featured Author:  Diane Burton
The Case of the Meddling Mama is the third book in my PI mystery series. I’ve visited my son and his family in Arizona for several years. Knowing the Phoenix area as a frequent visitor made me think that would be where the detective partners (Alex and Nick’s dads) might retire. While the guys are busy, Nick’s mother wants more. I projected a lot of myself into her feelings about Arizona, and why she would want to return to Michigan.

Once again, Alex O’Hara is up to her ears in mysteries. After surviving an attempted murder, all she wants is R&R time with Nick Palzetti. But his mother leaving his father (“that horse’s patoot”) and moving in with Alex puts a crimp in their plans. Then Nick leaves on assignment and the teen she rescued from an abusive father believes his buddy is doing drugs. Meanwhile, Alex has two easy cases to take her mind off her shaky relationship with Nick—a philandering husband and a background check on a client’s boyfriend. Piece of cake.

“Alexandra, is that you?” Maria Palzetti, Nick’s mom and self-appointed office manager, called out as I came in through the back door of the agency.
“Yes, it’s me.”
“It is I,” Maria corrected as she bustled down the hall. Short and a little on the plump side, she always looked stylish. Today, she wore a floral infinity scarf over a soft lavender short-sleeve sweater and a gray skirt. Her salt-and-pepper hair framed her face on which she wore light make-up. “Always remember to use proper English.”
“Yes, Mother,” I said, hoping my grin would take the sting out of my smart-aleck response. After Mom died, Maria had become the closest thing to a mother, even though she never tried to take Mom’s place. Actually, she was my mother-in-law—she just didn’t know it.
And I wasn’t saying.

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 New Releases This Month:

J U L Y   1
Under the Spell
Book 5: Incognito Series
Alex Lynch has spent a lifetime working toward owning the Triple Aces Ranch. His dream has finally come true when Gina Calhoun—the girl he’d loved—drops back into his life, seemingly out of nowhere.

J U L Y   3
The Hook Up
Keeping his hands off this sexy single mom is tougher than it looks. . . Ellie Sanders needs a few marketing tips to take her pleasure aid business to the next level. Enter former Navy man, Tyler Hendrix.

J U L Y   6
No Rest for the Wicked
The Heart of a Hero Series prequel
Joanna Devlin has been tasked with escorting her estranged husband, Michael, to Cork to join Sir Arthur Wellesley's intelligence-gathering ring. Can Michale and Joanna learn to trust each other again and help Sir Arthur fight Napoleon?

J U L Y   1 0
Denying the Duke
Lords and Ladies in Love
The Duke of Bedford needs an heir, but he is no longer the same man he was when he and Lady Patience made promises for their future. She loved him once but refuses to marry him because she’s convenient.

J U L Y   1 0
The Billionaires Private Scandal
Invested in Love Series
Brandon destroyed her family, her trust, and their secret affair. She's not a spoiled socialite anymore, and this billionaire can keep his explanations...

J U L Y   1 1
Survival Instinct
To get to her, they’ll have to go through him. This ex-Special Forces soldier will protect a beautiful writer from a madman determined to destroy her.100% release-week proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis charities.

J U L Y   1 5

The Man from Cymene
Book 1 of the Narrative of Riven the Heretic
Part 1 of the Arcanian Chronicles
Trygare kan Ingan was a boy of 16 when the Drune priest prophysied he'd be the father of kings.  Now he has to leave his home forever to bring that prophecy about. Nothing goes as anyone expects, however...

J U L Y   1 8
A woman in hiding. A past to resolve. A Marine to the rescue.
Gwen’s convinced her day can’t get worse, until her blackmailing ex-fiancé finds her living in the small Colorado town of Elkridge.

J U L Y   2 5
Knight Quests
Knights of the Swan #2
For a Knight of the Swan in 15th century England, falling for the enemy is an act of treason...

Fly Away With Me
Book 1: Blue Moon Harbor
When Eden Blaine’s search for her ailing mom’s long-lost sister takes her to a tiny Pacific Northwest island, romance isn’t on her agenda. But destiny intervenes: in the shape of sexy seaplane pilot Aaron Gabriel.

Author Recipe of the Month:  Nikki Brock
Peaches are my favorite fruit, and their short season makes them all the sweeter. In Smoke & Secrets, Ross Stevenson makes Mel Hathaway a surprise dinner with peach cobbler for dessert. In Mel's words, “Peaches are God's compensation for southern summers.”

Peach Cobbler
with Pie-Like Crust
½ cup sugar
1 tbl cornstarch
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups peaches (about 6), peeled and chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tbl butter or shortening
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbl sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ c milk

·        Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt. Work in the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, slowly add milk, a tablespoon at a time, and work with hands until mixture forms into a ball. Chill 30 minutes.
·        Mix ½ c sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in 2 quart saucepan. Stir in peaches and lemon juice. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Pour into ungreased 2 quart casserole dish. Keep mixture warm.
·        Roll crust dough to thickness of about ¼ inch. Use crust whole or cut into lattices and weave on top of peach mixture. If using whole, to avoid tearing the crust, fold it into fourths, then transfer onto peach mixture and unfold. Cut around the edges and crimp. Or use store-bought crust and use the time saved to read a book.
·        Bake 25-30 minutes. Read while it's baking, then again when enjoying.

He’s home to shed his destructive past. She’s back to make him atone for it.
Arson. Secrets. Betrayal.
Nikki Brock grew up in Tennessee narrating her life in one form or another. She married her real life hero, and after a stint programming computers, going to grad school, and being a mom, she sat down to write a story. When not writing she can be found drinking coffee, going to estate sales, or binge-watching television shows involving British accents. She lives in the Mississippi Delta with her family and two talented dogs in a diva of an old house which always needs something involving writing checks and which is home to a ghost who smokes.

She loves hearing from readers. Visit her online: Website / Facebook

Upcoming Events:

Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
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
Ø May 19, 2018: Donald Maass, Oklahoma City, OK, FMI email Alicia Dean

Coming Next Month:  Patricia Kiyono, August 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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Why We Celebrate the Fourth of July - Declaration of Independence for Kids – FreeSchool video from YouTube

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

The first camping weekend of the year is over. School is out for the summer. And we are all heading to the beach for the surf and sand with a good summer book in our hands to read. My favorite place to listen to the waves crash along the shoreline is in Galveston, Texas.

In this Issue:
©     Quote of the Month
©     Check This Out
©     Featured Author
©     New Releases
©     Author Recipe of the Month
©     Upcoming Events
©     Coming Next Month
Quote of the Month:Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.~~ Nora Ephron (1941-2012, American Author)
Check This Out 
Hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day weekend. Our eldest daughter came from Wisconsin to visit us here in Oklahoma. It was her first time here and I think she was glad to be back home where the weather is a bit cooler.
I got my cover for Simply to Die For! This is the first in the Black Horse Canyon Novels I plan on writing over the next couple of years. I don’t have a release date yet, as the edits keep coming in sections which drove me crazy at first, but now I find that it is more thorough.
I am still working on The Cattleman’s Bride, the third in the Brides Along the Chisholm Trail series and hope to have it available in the fall.
Featured Author:  Toni V. Sweeney
They say Imitation is the best form of flattery. 
Many years ago, I was intrigued by a TV show called Beauty and the Beast. Not the latest one where the Beast is the result of a secret US experiment to create super soldiers and the Beauty is the police detective who loves him, but the original series in 1987.  In homage, I wrote my own spin on that story:  The Adventures of Sinbad.  My Beast isn’t simply a man who by some quirk of birth looks like a lion.  He is a lion, a native of Felida where the inhabitants evolved from a feline. He’s also a smuggler, wanted on seven worlds of the United Terran Federation, with more than a hundred thousand credits bounty on his capture—and then he meets his Beauty, a little Terran named Andrea Talltrees and gets shot right out of orbit...

Once more, Earth is at war…and this conflict also affects both the innocent and the guilty, sending Andrea Talltress to Old Town, seeking the help of part-feline smuggler Sinbad sh’en Singh in finding her husband Tran, an accused spy.
What she gets instead is exposure to a way of life completely unknown to the naïve Navajo, a clash of personalities and cultures, plus a heavy dose of instant attraction building to unexpectedly passionate love denied by either of them.
Encountering old friends and one very deadly old enemy with a score to settle, Sinbad takes Andi halfway across the galaxy, uncovering a secret which may shatter the war-torn Federation as well as their own lives.
When all’s said and done, Andi and Sin will acknowledge that the duration of love is unimportant…its existence is what matters. 
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New Releases This Month: 
J U N E   1
 Mail-Order Brides of Oak Grove
It's sweet, sassy, & double the trouble when twin sisters sign contracts to become mail-order brides with every intention of escaping before the actual wedding.

Sweet Home Cowboy
Love at the Chocolate Shop series
When Marietta newcomer Elena Puente is coerced into attending a speed dating event at Copper Mountain Chocolates, she's blindsided by a serious attraction to local cowboy, Wesley Banks.

One Night in New York
Episode #3 of 4 (Stockholm Diaries, Alice)
Jonas's past is exposed. And Alice knows she could never be with a man like him.
But when Jonas shows up in New York, the attraction sparks just as hot as it did in Paris. Can she find a way to reconcile the things he's done with the man who makes her come alive?

Naughty Getaways
Eleven Sultry Stories
Includes Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Magic, New Adult, Older Woman/Younger Man, Paranormal, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Stepbrother, and Threesome Romance from best-selling authors writing as The Naughty Literati!

J U N E   6
Winning Dr. Wentworth
A professor returns to her hometown to escape the disgrace of a nasty divorce and shake off the taint of her ruined career, but a reunion with her former high school crush derails her plans.

Elkridge Series, Book 4
The search for a sister. Decades of guilt. Who to trust?
Jenna is desperate to find her younger sister. Unfortunately, she’s attracted the attention of the last man to see her sister alive.

J U N E   10
Beachcomber Reckoning
Beachcomber Investigations - Book 6
Is the cost of being a legend too high when someone Dane loves must pay?

J U N E   13
Playful Hearts
A sweet smile, a dirty mind, and a playful heart.

J U N E   13
Butterfly Kisses
The girls of Orange Blossom have all grown up and are coming home to renew old friendships, grab a second chance at life...and fall in love.

J U N E   15

Sinbad Sails Again
Book 7 of the Adventures of Sinbad
Sinbad decides to take son Mal and grandson Lynx on a sentimental journey to the places he and Andi visited when they were young. What the boys don't know is that he's also going as a spy for the Federation, to help bring down illegal slave trade in the Fringes.  When Mal's kidnapped and sent to the Bel-Ammon slave pits, Sinbad's mission becomes a quest for revenge for no one touches one of Sinbad sh'en Singh's sons and lives.

J U N E   23
Bring Your Fiction to Life
Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity
Applied to writing, the word "three-dimensional" is solid, realistic, rounded and lifelike, even living. Three-dimensional writing allows a reader to step through book pages and enter that world. Learn the distinctive layers of a story and how to build in 3-D aspects

J U N E   24
One Night with a Duke
His nearness too intimate--his desire too obvious.

Author Recipe of the Month:  Danica Winters
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 importantly delicious! Enjoy
Butte Pasties

½ pound raw beef-steak, diced
1 cup chopped onion
1 large tablespoon butter
salt and pepper
1 cup diced rutabagas (if desired)
1 medium-sized potato, diced
Pie Dough:
1½ cups flour (pastry)
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
⅓ to ½ cup shortening (butter or other fat)
¼ cup hot water

·        Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together. Then mix, shape, and roll as in directions. (This recipe makes 2 pasties)
·        For 1 pasty, take ½ the dough. Roll thin to shape and size of pie plate. Pile half the potato, onion, meat, and if desired, the rutabaga on only ½ the round of pie dough and within 1 inch from the edge
·        Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with butter
·        Fold the other half of the dough over filling, pressing edges together well
·        Repeat process for 2nd pasty
·        Place 2 pasties in pie plate and cut a slit into the top of each, in which a teaspoon of hot water should be poured occasionally to keep from drying out.
·        Bake 45min at 400˚ or until well browned, then reduce to 350˚ for 15min

Recipe from Mrs. Maureen Mansfield

Helena O’Driscoll and Graham Kelly’s first few months together haven’t been easy. Helena, missing the traditional Traveller lifestyle she gave up for Graham, can’t help but feel that their cultural differences have doomed their relationship. And with preparations for their brand-new hospital for Supernaturals filling their days, they feel out of sync, and maybe even out of love.

When a man is murdered, Helena begins having visions of the future darker and more dangerous than ever before. With a killer in their midst, everyone at Adare Manor is at risk, and Helena and Graham must work together to catch the culprit even as their relationship unravels. And when the murderer claims another victim, the question becomes not whether their love will survive, but whether they will.

Upcoming Events:

Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
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:  Diane Burton, July 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

Beach Party Tonight video from YouTube