Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Secret Life

I am pleased to introduce author Lee Carver. Lee has lived in six foreign countries and studied nine languages including German and French. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Spain. A five-week World War II history tour covering the areas where her father-in-law fought created the stimulus for her latest novel, A Secret Life, a Christian historical World War II romance novel. Please continue reading to learn more about A Secret Life, or for more about Lee, visit her website at

The German Army of World War II rips Karl Von Steuben from his family and privileged life, forcing him to conceal his American sympathies and Jewish heritage. Stripped of every tie to his home country, he determines to escape. As he crawls to the Siegfried Line, only he knows the hiding place of gold ingots melted from the jewelry of death camp prisoners. Wounded after assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier, Karl briefly deceives even himself. Discharged and shipped to America, he discovers God's unmerited favor in a beautiful Atlanta nurse. But he must return to Germany or relinquish his family fortune and rear children under the name of another man. Will Grace forgive his duplicity and accept him as an American?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Garden Tips From Abroad

When I travel I enjoy learning about culture, viewing interesting historic sites and the natural landscape, sampling the local cuisine, and people watching. Part of learning about culture and cuisine can involve getting closer to a countries food source by going to local farmer’s markets and observing gardening techniques. While heading toward the floating market in Thailand I noticed that every home had lovely potted plants on its porch, and a closer look revealed that all the pots contained something edible, mostly herbs, but sometimes there were small variety vegetables as well.  Since then, I’ve brought whatever I could inside before the first freeze and last year most of my herbs, including lemon grass, survived to see another summer season. If I’m going to tend potted plants, why not have edible ones, many are just a lovely as other house plants and some are deliciously aromatic.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Conferences and Events for Writers

Check out these upcoming conferences and events for writers around the West and hone your craft while networking with agents, editors, publishers and fellow writers.

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at 

Southwest Christian Writers Association hosts its annual conference September 19 & 20, 2014. Durango, CO. Topics include Creating Compelling Characters and Fundamental Story Building Steps. Learn more at 

A Weekend for Words, the Southern California Writers Conference September 19–21, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. Authors & editors of mysteries, thrillers, screen plays & nonfiction, among others, will conduct workshops & meet with participants. More at 

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCWBI hosts its Letters and Lines Conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Golden, CO. Many writers, illustrators, agents, and editors will be on hand. Learn more at 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at 

Authors of the Flathead presents its annual writers conference, September 27 & 28, 2014. Kalispell, MT. Workshop sessions on fiction, nonfiction, marketing & screenwriting will be conducted. Two literary agents scheduled. More at
The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Cuarenta Casas

Zona Arquelogica Cuarenta Casas in Mexico was an unexpected archeological treasure. The hike was grueling, but the reward was worth the effort.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Eating Seasonally

I hadn’t thought much about it even though I’d done it most of my life, but when traveling in Italy, I often heard the phrase, “eating seasonally.”  The concept makes sense whether you grow your own produce or buy it from the store. I find there are certain recipes I only make in the summer, such as quinoa griddle cakes with black bean salsa and zucchini enchiladas, among many other zucchini recipes when harvests become overwhelming. Even if you don’t garden, the concept of eating seasonally still makes sense, prices are often lower in-season and the produce is better quality.  I’ve also found that I look forward to certain dishes when they define a season.