Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 1, 2017

March Madness … one month closer to spring and a month full of holidays! Ash Wednesday, Ides of March, National Craft Month, National Women’s History Month, Social Workers Month to name a few. Plus, did you know that March is named after the Roman God “Mars”? AND the second week of March is National Bubble Week! There is a lot going on in March, click here to find out what fun things you can celebrate this month.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH:Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after” ~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American Writer)

SO excited! I signed a contract with MuseItUp Publishing for my first cozy mystery, Simply to Die For, which has a 2017 release date. This is the first of a four book series set in the fictional town of Black Horse Canyon, Oklahoma.
I had great fun at the Pioneer Hearts Reader Appreciation Luncheon at the WinStar Legions Bar & Grill set on their beautiful golf course on February 11 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. I met so many readers and authors of western historical romance that I can’t remember all their names. J Readers and authors from Michigan, Arkansas, California, Washington, Texas, and Oklahoma attended.

My original inspiration for the first book in the series started with the hero of ‘Beloved Enemy’, Kerry Marchant. He invaded my dreams and I just had to start writing about him. Then came his starship. The Destiny, and her crew, and the woman who became the heroine of the first book ‘Starquest’ - Jestine Darnell, or Jess as she likes to be known. However, the characters did not conform to the plan I had for them and they argued with me about the ending. What had started out as a short story, became a novel, followed by a ‘sequel’ ‘Children Of The Mist’, set on one of the planets Jess came across in her ‘quest’. Then Kerry nagged at me to give him the ‘h.e.a.’ he’d lost out on in Starquest and so I ended up with a trilogy. 
‘Beloved Enemy’ was so much fun to write. I have become very fond of Kerry and the crew of the Destiny and enjoyed introducing a new character, Cat Kincaid, and her trusty pet ‘chameleopard,’ Shifter. Cat and Kerry have nothing but mistrust for each other at first. In fact, Cat has sworn to kill him. However, a smouldering attraction builds between them as they are obliged to work together to survive on a hostile planet.

 She touched a panel on the ship’s hull, and after a moment, a door slid silently open. Shifter leapt in immediately but Kerry stood back as she climbed into the airlock.
She turned with her gun still trained on him. “Are you coming? Or would you prefer to take your chances out there all night?”
He shrugged and followed her inside. They waited in the eerie blue light until the inner hatch opened.
She walked across to the control panel at the front and made a few adjustments. “It’s not much, but it’s likely to be home for a while until I find a way off this planet. There’s not enough left in the fuel cells to get away in this, even if I could repair the damage.”
He looked around, his face expressionless. She frowned at his perusal. The furnishings of the small interior were necessarily sparse. A pilot seat and passenger seat to the front, and, at the rear of the vessel, a small living and storage area, complete with a combined table and bunk unit. If he didn’t like it, that was too bad. He could always go back outside and sleep rough if he preferred.
“I dare say it will suffice,” he said at length.
“Well thank you. I’m so glad it meets with your approval.”
His expression remained impassive. It seemed her cynicism was lost on him. “It would be useful to have a name to call you.”
‘Katrina. Katrina — Kincaid. I prefer to be called Cat.”
Again that stunning smile spread over his face and she noticed how his eyes seemed even bluer above the even, white teeth. Damn, there was something about him. She almost regretted she’d have to kill him eventually.


March 1
Book 3 Incognito Series
 Rebel Porter’s wife was killed to silence evidence he uncovered on a corrupt man. Now Reb’s in hiding, as afraid to lose someone to the bounty on his head as to lose his heart to another.

March 1
The Wahyas of Walker's Run #2
 A heartbroken werewolf collides with a spirited woman whose zeal for life just might be his saving grace—except someone wants him dead.

March 1
 The Hitching Post Hotel #5
 Their one-night stand results in not one...not two...but three babies. Now they have a family, can they find true love?

March 2
  A warrior hunts his cousin’s murderer but finds love in the form of a gifted Spirit Talker from another tribe.

March 7
 A psychology professor who has based her career on the hypothesis that love is simply a chemical reaction must defend her science when she meets her antithesis in the form of a romantic literature professor.

March 13
Book 3 Clan of Dragons
 A dragon-shifter in pain wants nothing more than to fly, and he sure as hell kneels to no one.

March 13
A Lake Chelan Novel
 Police officer Nolan evacuates semi-recluse Kristen when wildfires threaten her home. Forced into town problems and the art world, they find the fire threatening the town is nothing compared to the flames roaring between them.

March 15


SInbad’s Triumph
Book 5 of The Adventures of Sinbad
 Made into a business man by the government he hates, Sinbad has a new enemy: a fellow smuggler. Tsan Hsi’s vendetta will cost him dearly but wife Andi’s love will help him face the greatest tragedy of his life.
March 24
Undercover Elementals, Book 1
 When Lindsey is framed for murder and thrown into a world of magic, her only hope for redemption is Nevan, an immortal enslaved by a magical bargain.

March 24
Italy’s haunted caves spell danger for an American Golfer and a NATO geologist.

March 28
 A woman’s life should not be defined by what is enough.

I haven’t always made good food choices in my life, but a few years ago I began making conscious choices for a healthier life. This recipe for chili is so tasty and different, it’s fun to eat and serve. I don’t include ground beef and I have food sensitivities so I also don’t include all the spices. But it’s still enjoyable. It’s a recipe the heroine in Always and Forever Love, Lacey Aegar, would fix. She tries to eat healthful foods because she feels it’s something that helps her be a strong woman. In my stories, strong women have heart and Lacey is no exception. 

Quinoa Chili

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1 pound ground beef (optional)
1 TBSP olive oil
1 onion chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP ground cumin
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 (19 0z) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 TSP dried oregano leaves
1 TSP dried parsley
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

·        Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
·        Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in (optional) ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease; set beef aside.
·        Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute more to release flavor of spices. Stir in tomatoes, black beans, green and red peppers, zucchini, oregano, and parsley. Season to taste with black pepper and salt. Simmer until peppers are tender, about 20 minutes.
·        Once peppers are tender, stir in the quinoa, beef, and corn. Return to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro to serve.

Lynn Crandall is the author of two romantic suspense and five paranormal romances. Always and Forever Love, a romantic suspense, is particularly dear to her heart because in it Lacey Aegar struggles to find her way through life after her husband’s murder. She’s faced with living in the safe rut she’s created or opening to new love.

Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø January 18—March 23 (Thursdays):  Chickasha PD Citizens Police Academy, Chickasha, OK
Ø July 14-17, 2017:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN

COMING NEXT MONTH:  Kara O’Neal and April Showers.

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

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