Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Why Fir Mountain?

Once upon a time long long ago or exactly twenty years ago today in a land far far away known to many as the Hood River Valley there lived a man I would come to call Bear.

He was the brother of a friend, sweet, smart and handsome.

I was the reluctant heroine.

I had failed at love and marriage wasn’t ready to try again. I had a young son of whom I was very protective. AND he was younger, darn it.

But I couldn’t stop wanting to talk to him, be near him.

I tease him now that he was like Pepé Le Pew pursuing Penelope Pussycat in a cute, non stalker way. None of the roadblocks I threw up dissuaded the man.

He persisted until we dated. 

He became my best friend, my love, my husband.
Although Connelly is Irish, he had a fondness for Scottish kilts and wanted them worn at our wedding. My sister in law swore she’d read somewhere that at some point in history the Irish wore them as well but after relatives questioned that, she couldn't name her source. Why it bothered some that an American of Irish descent wanted kilts I will never know, for me all that mattered was he wanted kilts worn and so the men in our wedding party did.

A very romantic moment, our son was unimpressed.

Today is our twentieth anniversary.

    Our journey together is one filled with joy, family, laughter, hard times, good times, anger, fun, happiness, stress, silliness, frustration, wounds that aren't visible and scars that are and love – most of all love. 

And that meadow where we were married on a hot summer day, where we had camped while he was still trying to get my attention and later when we were officially dating,

is on Fir Mountain,

a very real and special place near Hood River Oregon. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Debut Author Spotlight

Today is an outstanding day!   

I have a debut author spotlight on 

hop over and check it out!


The amazing AJ Nuest has posted 

You do not want to miss one word
go - go - go - go now and read!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Q & A on Aileen Harkwood's blog

Today I'm over on the blog of Aileen Harkwood, author of Dangerous Dreams (A Dreamrunners Society Novel) talking about writing and The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge.

Aileen also reviewed The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge 

This is only my second interview, so please hop over, check it out and tell me how I did.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Another part of Written Fireside and a new Fire Writer

I listened with such rapt attention to Romy's part

 that my marshmallow caught fire and burnt to ashes.

 Perhaps I shouldn't have sipped down that second glass of wine.  

Oh well, there's more 'mellows in the bag.

While I speared a new glob of sugary goodness a friend walked up and we invited her to join in the fun. 

 Romy and Charlotte scooted apart to make room for our next fire writer.

Please welcome the lady who was kind enough to have two weeks of Harper Impulse authors on her blog AJ's Tattered Pages, yes that's right we convinced AJ Nuest to pull up a chair.

Fire Writer AJ Nuest -   Website  Facebook  Twitter 
Her book  She's Got Dibs

AJ will write part 5 - available on her blog August 24

If you haven't read Written Fireside "For Clara" yet 

check it out now

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Release Day!

Today is the release day for my western historical romance 

This is the first book in a series of three linked books

Series Title: The Men of Fir Mountain

I'm jumping up and down excited!

It's been a head spinning few months.  

I received "The Email"  in May, 

signed with Harper Impulse in June, 

was officially announced in July 

and today, August 15, 2013, my debut book is published.

My dream is reality!

To start off my celebration 

author of  

for Written Fireside Part 5 & on 
September 24th Part 11 

 has invited me over to 

for a release day party!

Please hop over and check it out ^_^

Monday, August 12, 2013

Some days demand brownies!

The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge is published in three days. 

The final countdown is both invigorating and nerve racking.

I need BROWNIES!!!

The question is should I be slightly good and have 'healthy' brownies using my own recipe below:

Maybe Brownies

1 (19 oz) can black beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
1/2 cup oat flour
1 cup sugar or honey
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2 eggs
1 ripe banana or 1/4 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
6 tablespoons water or cup of coconut or almond milk
1 cup chickpea flour
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
2 cups raw spinach
optional add dates

Cook 350 for 35 min


My favorite go to comfort food in all its bad-for-you glory.

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Somewhat good, somewhat good or really really rich and so bad?

Yeah I'm going to be bad.

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