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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?

Recipes?

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.

Happy birthday, Canada!

Happy 150th birthday, Canada. You look wonderful!

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver (1), I love your wildness, and your cities, your summers and your winters (except for that 3 week stretch in January where you are -40 for days on end), and all the land between the two coasts.

I love your maple sugar candies and your poutine, your broom ball and your hockey, and all your talented artists.

So get out there and celebrate the official birthday of Canada. Watch those fireworks, weather permitting. And kill those Canadian mosquitoes – it’s okay, it’s a national pastime.

If you really want to get into the Canadian spirit, check out Romance, Eh – Canadian Style, a blog of Canadian writers, and show your hometown pride.

(1) Land of the Silver Birch, by Pauline Johnson

 

Writing anniversary

Five years ago today, my first romance was released. PRIVATE ENCORE was not the first book I wrote, but it was the first one that was published by a digital publisher. I’m still thrilled with Rick and Eloise’s story.

I’ve always written. My first bestseller was “Sammy and Sandy the Skunks” in the fifth grade, also illustrated by yours truly. It was in the Manordale Elementary School library and some of the other students signed it out. *puffs out chest proudly.* I wasn’t an athlete in high school, but my school jacket had “Writer” on the sleeve. It took me a while to get here, but I made it.

Since that first romance, I’ve written five Hollywood to Olympus books, three short romances set in resorts, a sci-fi shifter short (which I have back and may do something with someday), two (and a half) romantic suspense novels, two Christmas romances (one to be re-released this year), and a partridge in a pear tree.  I was, and still am, tremendously excited ever time a new book comes out.

It’s a process. Each of my books is a step forward in my career. Five years later I am finally getting some momentum, so when you read a book that says it takes two to five years to establish yourself, they aren’t kidding (and I’ve been doing this full-time for 3 years!).

So here is to you, wherever you are on your journey. Five years is a drop in the bucket. I love writing and hope to be doing this for another fifty.