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Two week countdown to The Cowboy and the ConstableApr 9, 2024


Usually when a man introduces his girlfriend to his family, he's allowed to use her real name.

Not this time.

Welcome to the latest entry in the Royal Oak Ranch sweet western romance series.

Cowboy Benton Lawson does not want to explain to his family how he met his new girlfriend—especially since his fake fiancée is really an undercover police officer and their relationship started when he helped her track down a crew of thieves when he was working in Alberta.

RCMP Constable Claire King needs a cover while she’s in southern Manitoba, and the dashing rodeo winner that she met the previous summer is just the ticket to solving a string of robberies across various ranches in the area. All Benton needs to do is vouch for her among his neighbours and she’ll do the rest.

When her case takes a dangerous turn, Claire and Benton must turn their pretend dates into a fictional engagement to catch some criminals. But she didn’t expect the cowboy to steal her heart to at the same time.

Available everywhere - preorder links at AmazonApple BooksBarnes and Noble, Kobo

Happy EasterMar 29, 2024


Happy Easter, everybody. I hope that spring has sprung in your corner of the world and that new leaves and flower bulbs are bursting into life.

And chocolate. I wish you chocolate.

Happy St. Patrick's DayMar 17, 2024

“Lucky” Lucy Callahan can fix anything, which is why her boss sent her to the Dew Drop Inn. The neglected hotel sounds like the perfect challenge for a woman who likes to bring things to their full potential. It’s a shame that the cute bar owner who asked her out doesn’t seem to appreciate her efforts.

Roy Wagner’s family feud with the business next door is older than he is. He’d happily see the hotel go up in flames—he’d even supply the marshmallows. He liked Lucy before he knew she worked for the enemy. Now he has no idea what to do about her, but he’s sure the relentlessly helpful, happy woman is up to no good.

Rebuilding a hotel is no easy task, especially when she has to make the old inn fit into Holiday Beach’s unique tourist-friendly setting, but Lucy hasn’t failed yet. If she can get Roy to come around, maybe she can convince him that the changes she’s bringing could be a very good thing for his hometown…and their own future.

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A tasty green cake for St. Patrick's Day.Mar 15, 2024

PISTACHIO CAKE

Serves 16

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 white cake mix (2-layer size)

1 instant pistachio pudding mix (4-person size)

4 eggs

½ cup cooking oil

1 cup club soda

2 drops green food coloring

ICING INGREDIENTS:

1 envelope dessert topping

½ cup milk

1 instant pistachio pudding mix (4-person size)

½ cup milk

Optional decorations:

¼ cup shelled, crushed pistachios

¼ cup Cadbury chocolate mini-eggs

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix all six cake ingredients well. Fold into a greased 10” angel food cake pan. Bake for 50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 15 minutes, then invert onto a baking rack to cool.

Once cake is completely cooked, using a mixer, mix dessert topping and ½ cup of milk. Add pudding powder last 1/2 cup of milk, and mix until stiff.

Ice sides and top of cake quickly. This icing sets RAPIDLY.

Sprinkle crushed pistachios in a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day. For Easter, decorate with mini-eggs.

Happy Valentine's DayFeb 14, 2024


Sending lots of love on Valentine's Day. It's a great night to curl up with a sweet romance.

Happy KwanzaaDec 26, 2023

Today is the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, which will end on January 1st. Happy Kwanzaa to my friends who celebrate it!

Merry ChristmasDec 25, 2023

Dear friends, we wish you a very joyous Christmas and hope that you can spend it with friends and loved ones.

Cranberry Christmas CakeDec 21, 2023

This Cranberry Breakfast Cake has become our Christmas morning tradition. It goes into the oven first thing. By the time we are done opening our stockings, it's pretty much ready. It's simple and delicious!


3 eggs

2 cups sugar 

2/3 cup margarine or butter (softened) 

1 tsp vanilla 

2 cups all-purpose flour 

12 oz/340 g fresh or frozen cranberries (one bag)   

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat eggs and sugar until mixture is light and fluffy.  Add butter and vanilla. Mix well again. 

Stir in flour until just combined. Add cranberries and mix in thoroughly. This batter will be very thick and cannot be poured from the bowl; you must scoop it into the pan.

Bake in a 9” x 13” non-stick pan at 350F for 45-50 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out clean. If there is batter sticking to it, bake for 3 more minutes and try again.

Welcome to your Christmas Coffee BreakDec 4, 2023


You've been running around all day. Settle in for a Christmas coffee break. Every day this week - Monday to Saturday - some friends and I will be offering a trio of themed sweet Christmas romances - all priced for only 99¢. That's not even the price of a coffee!

Mondays are for cowboys, but I'm not going to spoil the themes for the rest of the days. You can check them out every day here.