Thursday, October 23, 2014

#3onThursday - Can't Be Without Authors

I posted on WordWranglers earlier this week about a few of the books that I adored growing up. Which got me thinking about the books (and authors) I adore now. Which made me ask myself this question: If I were stranded on a desert island and had the books of only three authors, which three would they be?

I wondered if, perhaps, I could Stephen-King-inize myself and bring along the authors so they'd have to keep writing new books for me to read, a'la Misery....but that's kind of cheating. Plus, I don't want my favorite authors to think I'm stalkery or anything. I probably just killed that by mentioning Misery...

Anywho, without further ado...this 3 on Thursday celebrates three of my favorite authors. Here we go:

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder: I know, I know. She was a middle grade writer. I don't care. I love the Little House books...all of them. Plus there are 9 and that would take me a little while to get through. And then there is Laura's diary, which would have to be included. And maybe a biography, too, to keep me entertained. Plus, you know, if I'm stranded on a desert island, I could read between the lines and figure out how Pa would build a shelter...and then I could build my own.

2. Jayne Ann Krentz: Just the Jayne Ann books. I know, I know, she has several pseudonyms, and I love them all, but the Jayne books are my absolute favorites. She has a way with characterization that blows me away. These are books that I can sink into and get really lost...and after a few days of being stranded on that desert island, I'm going to need some civilization to escape into.

1. Anne Rivers Siddons: Anne writes with amazing emotion; she has this ability to draw me into a story so much that, even after I've finished the book, the characters are still alive for me. Sometimes a year or two later I'll wonder 'what is ___ doing now?' and I always hope that maybe she'll release a sequel to my absolute favorites...even a short story.

I have a lot more favorite authors. Y'all know my addiction to Nora Roberts and my love for Louis L'Amour...and then there are my writer friends Liz Flaherty, Christine Warner, Sharon Cullen, Nicole Flockton, Holley Trent, Melinda Dozier, Elley Arden, Margie Senechal, Nan Reinhardt - and the list goes on! - who floor me with their ability to tell a story, draw a character and make a book come to life. If I had to be stranded on a desert island I'd wish for all the books, from everywhere...What about you? Which authors or books would you take with you?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Wisconsin Cheese Soup

Time for another Tasty Tuesday recipe - last Saturday it was a blustery day here on the NorthCoast, and I think blustery always calls for soup! So I made my Wisconsin Cheese Soup and, man, was it delish! That's it right over there...doesn't it look yummy?

Okay, here are the ingredients:

2 Cups of Chicken Broth (you can sub Vegetable Broth if wanted, it tastes just as yum)
1 Cup of Beer (optional, but I do think it adds a little something)
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp. Cumin
12 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (don't sub Velveeta, pleeeeeeeze, it won't taste the same...and don't sub mild cheddar. For this recipe it's sharp or nothing
1 Cup of Milk

Cooking Directions:

Turn your crockpot on low if you have 5 hours, high if you have less time, and then combine the broth, beer, onion, cloves and cumin. Cook for 4 hours on low; add in the cheese and milk and cook another hour. Voila! Serve it up, you're ready!

**Note: If you only have a couple of hours, put the crockpot on high and cook the broth mixture for about 90 minutes and then add the cheese and milk. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted and serve.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#CoverReveal - The Daughter He Wanted!

Hi, everyone! I'm super-excited today because I get to show you all my very first Harlequin SuperRomance! As most of you know I signed a 3-book deal with Harlequin last spring ... the first of those books is coming out in January! I can't believe how fast this has happened.

I love Harlequin and I love SuperRomance...and I'm so excited to be a part of the SuperRomance family. So, without further ado, here's my very first cover for my very first SuperRomance:

And the blurb:

The Daddy Surprise

Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he's the biological father of a four-year-old girl, and everything changes.

Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there's Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous, especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget. . .

*pets* Isn't it pretty? I just love it! You can add it to your GoodReads shelves now ... or pre-order the E-copies from the retailer of your choice...and it will be in stores - GAH! in STORES - come January!