Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lazy Home Cooking: Fruit Salad

What's better in the summer than a cool fruit salad? It only takes a couple of minutes to make! 

Here's what you need:

1 can peach pie filling
1 box frozen strawberries
1 small can pineapple chunks, drained
1 small can Mandarin oranges, drained
2 bananas, sliced

Combine all ingredients except bananas in a bowl. Add bananas last right before serving.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Spotlight: To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker

“A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!”
–Shirlee Busbee, NY Times Bestselling Author

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear... her.


The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.


Bestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of her professors suggested a career in law, and she took that path. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown.” Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” Each of her novels features real history and real historic figures. And, of course, adventure and love. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

Check out Regan's website for more information about her books! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

School Supplies Sale: That's What I'm Talking About!

Once I was talking with a friend of mine, Beverly, who was also a writer, and we were saying how we loved it when the stores put out the Back-To-School supplies. We talked about how we browsed the aisles and looked at all the supplies. I don't know if it brings back old memories of going back to school, which was when I got new school supplies, or what. But back-to-school and autumn went hand-in-hand and that is my favorite time of year.

I do a lot of writing on paper. I like to sit in the recliner and sketch out scenes in a notebook. I find it helps me to be creative and it is relaxing as well.

So I was thrilled to find that Kroger has their small notebooks on sale for 19 cents each. I bought 6 and over the next couple of months, I will buy more. I use several per book.

In August, most of the stores will put the remainder of their school supplies on clearance. I have gotten some great buys on binders, pens, organizers, etc during this time period. I have bought notebooks and binders for 90% off. So if you need any office supplies, a great time to buy is next month.

That's all from the Clearance Queen today!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hot and Not-So-Hot News July 10th Update

The second week in July is almost over, and it's been an eventful month for me. My hot news is that I signed with the Seymour Agency, and I'm looking forward to working with agent Mary Sue Seymour.

 Also my historical, TO SAVE A LADY received a good review from Ragan's Romance Reviews. I was so pleased that she chose to include my book on her blog as well as her Patriotic Reads list. 

Under the not-so-hot news, I had to go back to the dentist for a root canal. Now I hadn't had one of those done in years. Lord have mercy, I had all this stuff in my mouth and it was like it was never going to end. I was so glad to finally get the hell outta there. Unfortunately, I have to go back Monday. 

As always, July is hot and humid. You step outside, and the sweat starts to drip. Today is no exception, but I did get out, and I bought my first homegrown tomatoes of the season. I love homegrown tomatoes! 

The WIP is coming along. I've reached the last of the middle in TO LOSE A LADY and so far, so good. I've got some outline work to do this afternoon on the next couple of chapters. 

Quote for the day:

"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be."~Marcel Pagnol.

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Always Something Jan 29 Update

This past week started off to be a winner. On Wednesday, I got my hair cut. Okay, so I'd been letting my hair grow out over the winter because I thought I'd like to have longer hair. But I changed my mind because I didn't like the hassle of drying it and it looked droopy to me. So I got a new short layered style that is terrific. I was really happy. I'd done all my errands and got the haircut that day. Then the "it's always something" strikes. I had a tooth break apart. It just happened and I'm like thinking it'll have to be capped. $$$ And it does have to be capped. I've already been to the dentist and my mouth is still sore and so is my pocketbook. 

But along with "It's always something" comes "It could be worse." I always tell myself that, and although it never seems to completely alleviate the situation, it is one way of looking at misfortune with a positive view. I think "It could be worse" is a way of accepting what happened and knowing you can deal with it. 

WIP: I have made past 35,000 words on the first draft. Yay! I haven't worked on TO LOSE A LADY this weekend as I had to get the writing cave cleaned up and reorganized. I even found some stuff in old files that will be helpful from a research perspective. This week I finished up a "getting to know you" scene with Rafe and Simone. 

In all my cleaning and digging this weekend, I actually found some old storyboards and synopsis on some book ideas I'd had a long time ago. I was like: "Wow, not bad" when I looked at them. So I'm thinking I may develop them into books eventually. 

It doesn't seem possible that it is July already! I have no plans other than to be writing and staying inside where it is cool during July Fourth. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Remember to use sunscreen if you are out and about!!!