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Recipe Poll

I am adding a new feature to my newsletter – a dedicated monthly recipe section. I’ve sent out a lot of cookie recipes (and will continue to do so, because cookies!) but I’d like to know what kind of recipes you enjoy trying.

Please leave a comment to tell me which of these options appeals, or if you’d like something else.

Commenters will be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card.


  • Appetizers
  • Baking only (cookies, cakes, desserts)
  • Easy Entrees
  • Kid-chef friendly
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Change it up every month
  • add your own option

Introduction to Romance Writing

I have teamed up with the Manitoba Writers Guild and am putting on an evening seminar to cover the basics of romance writing. If you are in the Winnipeg area, it will be in the ArtSpace Building (218-100 Arthur Street) on Thursday, February 15th from 6-9:30pm.

Please feel free to share with any writers you know. Tickets are available here.


As Valentine’s Day looms, minds wander to thoughts of love (and heart-shaped, chocolate-filled boxes.)

MWG can help you with the love. If you are a romance reader and have always wanted to write one, Elle Rush will start you on your way with this Introduction to Romance Writing workshop.

Topics will include:

What is a Romance? How does it differ from love stories, women’s fiction, and erotica? Participants will also examine the various sub-genres within romance, including Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, and more.

How do I plot the story? There are four basic ‘Acts’ or segments of the romance story, each important to the plot. Find out what they are and how to ‘flesh them out’.

How do I avoid romance stereotypes? Elle will discuss common and popular tropes, character development for your protagonists, and why references to Fabio should be left in the 80s.

Newsletter news

I’ll be changing direction in 2018, and that path will be leading directly to sweet romance. I’ve decided to step away from romantic suspense for a while, and concentrating on what makes me happy – namely, a lot of flirting, a lot of laughing, and a kiss to seal the deal when my characters fall in love.

That said, I’m also changing up my newsletter to include more than book sales. In five weeks, my Valentine’s newsletter will be going out. What would you like to see in it?

Gardening news and tips?

Updates on my crafting projects and links?


Travel snippets and pictures?

Quick reviews about movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read?

The newsletter is for you, so I want to ensure you get something out of it. Do any of these topics appeal? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!


Happy New Year

May the new year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018!

Clock close to midnight, fireworks and crowd waiting for New year

Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies taste like a pepperminty dream. Making them is a … less pleasant dream.  Unlike other recipes on my blog, DO NOT MAKE THESE WITH CHILDREN.  As a grown-up, I get exasperated trying to roll and shape the delicate cookie dough. With kids, it will be an exercise in frustration.

But I promise you they are worth every single fiddly minute.

Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp almond flavoring
¼ tsp peppermint flavoring
½ tsp red food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients together well. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Divide dough into two equal portions. To one half, add almond flavoring. To the other half, add the peppermint flavoring and food coloring. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP)

Roll 1 tsp of each color dough into ropes about 5-6 inches long. Lay side by side. Pinch ends together. Twist to form a spiral. Keep dough and rolling surface cool. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and shape to form a cane. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes until pale gold. Cool on baking sheet 2-3 minutes then remove. (Transfer with care; these cookies are delicate.) Makes about 2 to 3 dozen, depending on how big you make them.

Based on recipe from “Company’s Coming: Cookies” by Jean Pare, 1988

12 Dates for Christmas


I have an early Christmas present for you!

Several of my fellow romance writers and I have come together to make 12 Dates for Christmas. This is a free recipe book download, stuffed full of Christmas recipes.

Each recipe is inspired by a Christmas romance, and we’ve also given you sneak peeks at a dozen Christmas stories.  Including Decker and Joy, and your first look ever at Hollis and Ivy!

Here’s the link.

And for more Christmas fun, I hope you join the 12 Dates for Christmas group page on Facebook to find all things Christmas.

41 days to Christmas!


Happy Hallowe’en


Illustration of Pumpkin Characters Posing Happily

I hope all you boos and ghouls have a spooky Hallowe’en.  Don’t forget to sample the candy before you give it to trick-or-treaters. Quality assurance shows you care!

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

Autumn Thanksgiving Day composition with handmade text, fruits and vegetables on wooden background. Unusual thanksgiving day illustration. Top view

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you have lots of turkey (or tofu-rkey), cranberry sauce and pie.

And, of course, some delicious books for after-supper reading.