Friday, August 29, 2014

Calling All Listaholics

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Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit author, Lindsey Paley, has recently released The Wish List Addiction. This book will strike a chord with nearly everyone – who doesn’t make grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, and the ever-popular wish list? To find out more about Rebecca Mathews’ list addiction, please keep reading.

Rebecca Mathews is a Listoholic—you name it, she has a 'To Do' list for it. Coupled with her daily 'Must Achieve' List, she possesses a mid-term, creatively drawn 'Wish List' and an exhaustively-researched 'Bucket List'. But so far, they have delivered nothing but spectacular failure. With her much-loved career exploded in her face, her marriage terminated in an acrimonious divorce and her frail father's pleas to return to her native Northumberland ignored, Rebecca concludes that if it wasn't for her beloved four-year-old son, Max, she would be adding a trip to a Swiss clinic to her list. A sparkle of light appears in Rebecca's life wrapped in the guise of 'The Little Green Book of Wishes', which challenges the reader to 'ditch the list' and instead to use its gems of wisdom as a 'dip in/dip out' lucky bag of challenges from all areas of life. Persuaded by her colleagues to relinquish her obsessive reliance on her multiple lists, cast adrift from their reassuring structure, she agrees to complete random tasks selected for her from the 'little emerald book of miracles'. Will it deliver the desired result and cure Rebecca of her Wish List Addiction?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl who now lives in North East England with her husband and young son. When not writing in her peppermint and cream summerhouse (shed), she can be found either up to her elbows in flour baking cakes and biscuits or practicing her swing on the golf course.
If you were inspired by Rebecca’s lists, Lindsey would love to hear what’s on your ‘Wish List’ or ‘Bucket List’. Please contact her on her Author Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lindseypaleybooks.
Other work by Lindsey Paley include:



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference September 5 – 7, 2014. Westminster, CO. Learn more at http://rmfw.org/conference/ 

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/ 

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 http://www.southwestchristianwriters.org/SCWA/Home.html 

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 http://writersconference.com/la/ 

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 https://rmc.scbwi.org 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at https://montana.scbwi.org/events/fall-conference/ 

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 http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp 

The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at montanarwaconference.wordpress.com.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Small Plot Gardening

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I have a tiny garden, but I get a lot of produce out of the small space.  The garden is an evolutionary work in progress. Each year I experiment with different configurations and a variety of vegetables to maximize yields. Not only does the tall bean-trellis in the center and back allow for a lot of beans in a tight spot, but it’s a decorative focal point. I also consider harvest times. Peas are generally here and gone before many plants really get going, so they can be planted close together. This year I miscalculated the size of Beefsteak tomatoes, plants and produce, which have provided too much shade for the neighboring chili peppers, but it’s hard to complain when I see the size of the tomatoes. I’ll make a few changes next year and maybe someday I’ll be satisfied.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Costa Rican Croc Alarm

While cruising up the Rio Frio River in Costa Rica, we motored past this group of cows standing belly-deep in the river. Maybe the cows are large enough where they have no predators, but I interpreted their calm demeanor to indicate this section of the river to be relatively crocodile-free.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Seeking Patience

I am pleased to introduce multi-award-winning author Josie Riviera. She spends her days teaching piano, lending an ear to her teenage daughter’s ongoing drama, and, of course, writing. Josie and her family are transplanted upstate New Yorkers, now living in the sunny state of SC. She writes character-driven novels filled with inspiration and emotion.  Her latest novel, Seeking Patience, is an inspirational historical romance about a Gypsy man and widowed noblewoman.
To learn more about Josie, visit http://josieriviera.wordpress.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Josie.RivieraAnd, for more on Seeking Patience, please continue reading. 

Do people prove their self-worth by strength, or by character?

A Romany leader confronts the English heritage he has denied when he lands, beaten and powerless, in the path of a high-spirited young widow. Will the prim countess agree to hide the charismatic rogue in her home and jeopardize her safety while her stepson accuses her of murdering her elderly husband?

Patience Blakwell is not beautiful. As a dutiful young countess in Regency England, she endures her husband’s cruelty. She struggles with her faith, trying to understand why God is not following the plan she had for her life—to be loved and cherished by her husband. After her husband’s unexpected death, her grown stepson charges her with her late husband’s murder.

Luca Boldor, more Gypsy than English, is determined to prove that he is strong and capable and doesn’t need anyone. But once he is forced to depend on Lady Patience Blakwell, a woman who represents all he loathes, he must decide whether he should turn away when she needs him, or risk his most vulnerable, forgiving self to keep her safe. By denying his English heritage, has he denied a part of himself?
 
Josie is also the author of Seeking Catherine (Tudor Novella). Only $0.99 for your Kindle through Amazon. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Garden Nostalgia and Tomato Tips


When I’m not writing and reading about adventure, and trying to find little adventures of my own, I garden. Not like I did while growing up rural, but I am compelled to grow things nonetheless.  When I was young we grew enough for multiple families (though not officially, it just turned out that way), and then some. We ate vegetables in mass quantities during the summer, gave produce to family, friends, and co-workers, canned, froze, and stockpiled enough gunny sacks of potatoes in the well-pit to last all winter.

Now, my garden is only as big as I can carve out of my much more urban lifestyle. Despite its small size, my garden is mighty, and it brings me great enjoyment and satisfaction. It might sound silly to someone who hasn’t tried to garden, but fresh vegetables just taste better, last longer, definitely put a noticeable dent in the grocery bill, and instills a sense of confidence in knowing no fertilizers or pesticides are used.  So, with August well underway, I’m feeling a little nostalgic and already missing my mountains of tomatoes. Luckily they freeze well.

Tip: I freeze my tomatoes whole, without blanching. As needed, I take however many I need out of the freezer and rub gently under warm water and the skin peels right off. This method really cut the work of freezing tomatoes down to nothing over the years I spent blanching, peeling, dicing and freezing.
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hush In The Storm

Reviews are already trickling in for Hush in the Storm, a new Christian Suspense novel by Julie B. Cosgrove, and they’re very positive.  I’ve included the blurb from the novel and a review for this must read book. Please keep reading to learn more about Julie and her work. 

Blurb:

Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue by a coworker named Tom...at the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel who he thinks caused her husband's "accident." Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who've discovered she's alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she's begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks... 

Amazon Review:

5 out of 5 Stars - Suspense with a Twist of Human Issues, August 6, 2014, By M. Hamilton

Right from the start, this book keeps the reader guessing. The heroine, Jen, is mourning the death of her husband when she's kidnapped and held in a cubicle by a guy who claims to have worked with her husband. He also claims he's protecting her. But from whom? And why? And is her husband really dead?

It's a tangled web to unravel that leads into human sex trafficking. The reader will learn a lot about this issue from the story, and see some of it's devastating effects. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

About The Author:

Julie B. Cosgrove is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International.

She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry. 

Jule has published five nonfiction works, and she has authored three contemporary faith-based novels. Focused, set in the Texas Hill Country, which follows a woman’s journey to find God in her empty nest, was released in 2012. She is working on the other two novels in that trilogy, Grounded and Rooted. The sequel to Hush in the Storm, Legitimate Lies, launches through Prism Book Group in early 2015.
 
Contact Julie at http://www.juliebcosgrove.com  or through her blog, http://WhereDidYouFindGod Today.com http://amzn.to/1lHIMQw

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

Few images are more recognizable in American culture or more loved than Smokey Bear. Carrying a shovel and dressed in jeans and a ranger's hat, Smokey has been reminding people, especially children, to be careful with fire since 1944, and on August 9th Smokey turns 70. Even after all these years, not only has his legacy endured, he and his message have evolved with the times, staying relevant. In fact, Smokey has his own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smokeybear and website at http://smokeybear.com. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hooked on Contemporary Western Adventure

MFRW Authors Blog
Welcome to this week’s Marketing For Romance Writers Book Hooks blog hop. Here’s a little teaser from my contemporary western romance novel, Big Horn Storm. I hope you are eager to learn more about Deuce and Niki, and share their adventure as they fight to survive a deadly invasion. 

Niki couldn’t see Robert Mitchell Blackburn II, known to friends and family as Deuce, but his deep voice gave away his location. No doubt his tall muscular frame stood just inside the barn door, concealed in the shadows. Even though he was hidden from view, she could describe every detail of his unruly hair peeking out from under his beat-up and sweat-stained straw cowboy hat, the scrutinizing look in his hazel eyes, his tanned complexion, and the scuffs on the heels of his boots where his spurs had worn on the leather. Dark stubble would shadow his chin and above his lip, and his sleeves would be rolled up on his denim shirt. She hated the fact that not only could she see him clearly in her mind now, but she could picture him just as clearly nearly every day of her life no matter how hard she tried to keep him out of her head.
 

Blurb

Niki Garat tolerates her job and the city, but she lives for her summer vacation with her grandfather at his sheep camp in the stunning Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming—until this year. When the U.S. comes under attack, including an aggressive attempt by foreign invaders to locate nuclear missiles silos scattered throughout remote western lands, the serenity of her mountain refuge is shattered. As area ranches are commandeered, neighbors and friends, including Deuce, her childhood infatuation, band together. Throughout their struggle to stay alive, Niki begins to understand what came between her and Deuce, but before past mistakes can be corrected they must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival.
 
To see where my fictional and real adventures lead next, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill. In the meantime, click on any name in the list below to check out more awesome book hooks.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Upcoming Writers' Events

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.

A River of One’s Own adventure, a river journey for women. August 10 – 16, 2014. Moab, UT.  Join Page Lambert and others. Theme is A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story. Learn more at http://www.pagelambert.com/river2014.html 

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference August 14 – 17, 2014. California’s Bay Area. Features magazine editors and publishers, food writers, photographers, and others. More at http://www.bookpassage.com/travel-writers-photographers-conference 

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Mystery and Crime Writers presents WriteNow! 2014 August 15 & 16, 2014. Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at http://desertsleuths.com/conference 

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference September 5 – 7, 2014. Westminster, CO. Learn more at http://rmfw.org/conference/ 

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/ 

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 http://www.southwestchristianwriters.org/SCWA/Home.html 

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 http://writersconference.com/la/ 

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 https://rmc.scbwi.org 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at https://montana.scbwi.org/events/fall-conference/ 

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 http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp 

The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at montanarwaconference.wordpress.com.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

And The Winner Is...

Thank you to Gay N. Lewis for sharing a bit about herself and Sarah, her well-intentioned dyslexic angel.  I would also like to thank everyone who stopped by for a visit and those who commented. Congratulations to Judy, who commented on the post and will receive Sarah: A Mission of Love for her Kindle.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.