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)
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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.

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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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©     Check This Out
©     Featured Author   
©     New Releases
©     Author Recipe of the Month 
©     Upcoming Events
©     Coming Next Month

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.

  Above photo from Pinterest
“Maypole Dance at Brunswick Sq Shopping Center London, UK” from BILLYE77 Channel YouTube