Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2018 Has Arrived!

Happy New Year! Are you as excited about 2018 as I am?  I'm pushing forward with my Shandra Higheagle Mystery series, putting out more audio books in that series, and starting another mystery series. 

I've set a stringent set of goals for the year and will only be posting here once a week with updates to my writing life, conferences I'll attend and the like. To put out as many words as if set for this year, I have to put most of my writing time into the books.

Along with the mysteries, I'll have another Silver Dollar Saloon book and hopefully three more Tumbling Creek Ranch novellas.

I'm happy to start the new year with Murderous Secrets, book 4 of the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series to have released in audio.

And both the story and my narrator received high praise from an audio book reviewer, FanGirlNation.
I have enjoyed this series since the first book, Double Duplicity, came to audio. I really like the setting on the mountain with Shandra’s trying to find the missing side of her heritage. So I was happy to get to see Shandra finally meet her Native family. I see great promise for future books as Shandra goes through a further path of personal discovery. I also appreciate seeing the growing relationship between Shandra and Ryan. I like seeing them take their time to heal from past personal injuries before rushing into a serious relationship. Further, I like the way that without even knowing each other’s secret, the pair are able to help each other gain a degree of healing.
Ann M. Thompson narrates the audio edition of this book. In my review of the previous book, Deadly Aim, I indicated that I was not very impressed by the narration and its pacing, but this time I was happy with the narration. So maybe I just had a bad day in my listening to that book. The pacing seemed fine to me this time.
The mystery plots of the series continue to improve with each new entry. This mystery was very well written with plenty of intrigue and drama. I am impressed with the way this series continues to get better as it continues. I give it five stars. 

You can get this audio book at these locations or through many of the subscription ebook sites.


Monday, December 25, 2017

From my House to your House


I love the excitement of children and the anticipation of watching people open gifts I purchased for them.  This year we are spending Christmas with our two youngest children and their families. There will be ice skating, sledding, card playing, and lots of yummy food. 

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and if you happen to be spending this day alone, pick up a good book and dive into another world. That is the next best thing to being surrounded by family.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Free Christmas novella and a recipe!

This time of year, I enjoy making candy and baking for family and friends. It is the easiest way to show the people you care about how you enjoy them and are happy to be part of their world.

With life passing by at a record rate and feeling pulled several directions at once, I decided to keep the candy and baking  to a minimum. I made sawdust cookies, ginger star cookies, potato mints, and a bad batch of fudge. I left the burner too high under the fudge while the sugar and butter was cooking and ended up with hard dry fudge. My hubby has been eating it, but I felt embarrassed to give it to anyone.

The favorite new thing I made this year were mint brownies. In case you haven't figured it out, I'm the original Peppermint Paty. ;)  I love Christmas for the candy canes, the peppermint ice cream, and anything chocolate and mint.  I used my usual brownie recipe and added mint chips when it said to add more chocolate chips. They were delicious!

Paty's Mint Brownies

3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 tspn baking soda
3/4 C. granulate sugar
1/3 C. butter
2 TBLSP water
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1 C. mint chips
1 tspn vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease a 9 inch square pan.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and water. Bring to boil over medium heat, remove immmediately from heat.

Stir in the cup of chocolate morsels and vanilla extract until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Cool completely.

Stir in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually stir in flour mixture until smooth.

Stir in mint chips and pour into prepared pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares.  Yield: About 16 brownies.

And don't forget you have until Dec. 31st to pick up your FREE copy of A Husband For Christmas!



A Husband for Christmas 

Final Novella in the Halsey Homecoming and Halsey Brothers Series

Shayla Halsey wanted to be home for Christmas, but never imagined her travels would include spending the night in a brooding stranger’s cabin. Snowballing events cause her to look inside herself and recognize maybe it wasn’t being home she wanted as much as it was to have a home. 
   
Mace Walker has his life in order and doesn’t want it disrupted again. Yet, when he discovers a woman stranded in the snow, he has to help her—despite her overbearing, reckless fiancĂ©. In a matter of days, Shayla turns his life upside down, forcing him to decide between leaving or facing the consequences. 

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