Thursday, September 26, 2013
This week I've been reviewing the scenes where Devin and Claire, the couple from Devin's Second Chance (Book 1), return for a special appearance.
It is so much fun to see this couple in action again and see how their life together is turning out!
Ah, Devin--*sigh*--I mean how can you not love a man who tells his love, "You humble me"?
I can't wait to share Annie and Quinn's story with you soon, so you can check in on Devin and Claire, too!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Mmm... Apple Crisp with Ice Cream...|
I make this recipe every fall.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In bowl #1, combine:
- 4 cups - Apples, cut up (I use McIntosh) or you can use Rhubarb instead (yum!)
- 3/4 cup - Sugar
- 1/2 tsp - Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup - Flour
Pour 1/2 cup of water over the apple mixture.
Next, in bowl #2, combine:
- 1 cup - Flour
- 1/2 cup - Rolled Oats
- 3/4 cup - Brown Sugar (I usually have to chisel it out of the container in my cupboard and then soften it in the microwave. I hope I'm not the only one who has to do this...)
- 1/2 cup - Butter, melted
Bake for 35 minutes.
If you want twice as much, just double all the ingredients and stick in a 9x13 pan!
It really is wonderful served warm with ice cream... (Now, I'm off to dish some up!)
And, if truth be told, I've been known to have a bowl of it cold for breakfast too. (Shh!!) Hey, it has both apples and oatmeal, so it's healthy, right? ;)
Do you have a favorite fall recipe?
Friday, September 20, 2013
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS 101
This class runs from October 1 through to the end of November.
I will lead the class through the basics of creating a blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You do not have to be published to participate. However, this is a hands-on workshop, which will require everyone in the class to share their questions, experiences, and post their progress on the forum, so we can all learn from and support one another.
Although this is considered an introductory class, some computer and internet knowledge is required. (This FREE class is only open to ARWA's 2013-14 members.)
To sign-up for the class, please contact me prior to September 28th (You should have received a notification from ARWA with my email, however, you can also contact me through the email address on the Contact Me page of this site). You will receive further information about signing into the online forum closer to October 1st. (You may have to watch for the email notification in your email account's spam / junk folder.)
I've never taught an online class before, so this could be a bit of a learning curve for all of us! I'm excited to start, though, and I think it'll be a lot of fun!
For those of you who are experienced with blogs, Facebook and Twitter - what words of wisdom do you think I should share? Is there anything you wish you'd known when you first started?
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Welcome to What to Read Thursday!
"What to Read Thursday" is posted every other Thursday (for previous posts, click here.) The focus of these Thursdays is on romance novels. Sub-genres of romance are welcome, but Happily-Ever-Afters (or Happy-For-Now) endings are mandatory! :-)
This week, I'm excited to welcome Mae Clair to my blog! I first met Mae through the now defunct Six Sentence Sunday blog hop, where she got me hooked on her debut book, Weathering Rock. She is a wonderfully supportive and talented writer, and I am so happy to know her! I'm also hooked on her Mythical Mondays! You should check them out to learn about some fascinating myths! Today, she is talking about her latest release, Twelfth Sun and I can't wait to hear what she has to say! Twelfth Sun is shouting at me from the very top of my TBR pile!
|What a beautiful cover!|
Lorraine: LOL-That's great! I love grape soda! I associate it with visiting my grandparents, when they'd fill us up on sugar then send us home. ;) Hmm... now I'm really curious about how it will be used in one of the clues!
Lorraine: Everything you say about this story just makes it more and more intriguing... a mysterious and reclusive billionaire with a mansion and a treasure hunt? Brilliant!
Lorraine: Oops... Sounds like quite the first meet! And, I love the idea that her preconceptions are turned on their ear--makes for lots of juicy tension. ;)
Lorraine: You are busy! And, I love your titles! I can't wait to learn all about them!
Lorraine: That is wonderful that you've had such great cheerleaders! I think I got my love of books from my mom, too! She always had a big selection of books in the house and we still share books.
|The lovely Mae Clair!|
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. She snagged the tail of a comet, hitched a ride, and discovered her writer’s Muse on the journey.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
WHERE TO FIND MAE CLAIR:
Facebook Author PageGoodreads
The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love?
Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she’d rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they’ve been talked into, but he’s fine with the situation. At least, until the “clues” start getting personal.
Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he’ll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart.
“My dad’s father was part gypsy. Besides, the sea is in my blood.” Elijah turned onto his side, locking his good leg over hers, holding her in place. Pushing up on one elbow, he stared down at her, abruptly serious. “Did you know a good marine archaeologist could spend his entire life studying a single wreck and never be bored? Never feel the need to move onto something else?” He stroked her cheek, brushing her hair aside. “That’s what I want to do with you, Reagan. I want to spend my days and nights learning about you. Everything about you. What you think. The way you smell…” He leaned forward, inhaling the light scent of the honeysuckle oil she’d used in her bath.
Ping! Warning claxons flared in her head. Elijah, playful and teasing she could control. Elijah, serious and romantic meant trouble.
“The way you feel.” His fingers tracked down her arm and hooked into the flimsy belt holding her robe shut. “The way you taste.” His mouth closed over hers at precisely the moment he tugged open her robe.
Lorraine: Whew! What a tantalizing excerpt!
A younger man, a reclusive billionaire, a treasure hunt... I'm not sure what entices me more... How about you?
Thursday, September 12, 2013
It is an easy "bread" that is super moist and yummy! And, I have a weakness for nutmeg, so that makes it even yummier in my opinion!
|Mmmm... Zucchini Loaf with Chocolate Chips!|
Mix the dry ingredients in Bowl #1 first:
- 1 & 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup grated/shredded zucchini (you can leave the peel on when you grate it)
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 1 egg
- A splash (or two) of lemon juice (I sometimes taste the mix to make sure there is a hint of lemon flavor, but do this at your own risk / comfortable level since there is a raw egg in there.)
Okay, now add the dry flour mixture (Bowl #1) to the wet mixture (Bowl #2). Just stir until it is combined. Do not over mix.
Now, mix in something fun...
- 1/2 cup of one of the following: chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Cool the loaf in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Then, remove the loaf from the pan (run a knife around the edge first), so it can cool on the loaf on the wire rack. Sprinkle the top with icing sugar. (You can also mix a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon into the icing sugar for even more yummy fun.)
The number of servings depends on how big you cut the slices... ;)
Monday, September 9, 2013
|Today I'm off visiting an exotic blogging locale!|
Devin's Second Chance is being featured on Calisa Rhose's UnCover Monday today! You should stop over and see it and the other covers! Click Here to Go There!
And, if you are a writer with a new book release, you can be featured too! Calisa is looking for more covers! Click Here to Check Out the Criteria!
Thank you, Calisa!
Sunday, September 8, 2013
What are people saying about Devin's Second Chance?
Here are links to some recent reviews (in no particular order):
- "...I loved this story! I fell hard for Devin..." Click here to read the full review. Donna Cummings's review on Goodreads.com. (5 Stars)
- "...She took it to the next level by creating a LOVE story..." Click here to read the full review. Heather Coulter's review on Books Books and more Books Blog. (5 Stars)
- "...I recommend this novel for readers looking for wonderful characters, cowboys, a sweet love story, and people who believe in second chances..." Click here to read the full review. Pat Fordyce's review on Amazon.com. (5 Stars)
- "...I love cowboys and Ms. Paton's Devin was all that I would wish for in a man - a true cowboy..." Click here to read the full review. Mary M. Forbes' review on Amazon.com. (5 Stars)
- "...The author painted a vivid picture of the scenery and characters. The novel flowed..." Click here to read the full review. dwingomitc's review on LibraryThing.com
- "...this book provides a desirable escape into the lives of two very likable characters in a small town..." Click here to read the full review. haymaai's review on LibraryThing.com. (4 Stars)
- "...you have the recipe for a great story. And the author doesn't disappoint..." Click here to read the full review. shandisoocam's review on Amazon.ca. (5 Stars)
- "...so it's no surprise that I fell in love with the characters in this book almost immediately..." Click here to read the full review. Mae Claire's review on Amazon.com. (5 Stars)
DEVIN'S SECOND CHANCE
Length: 84,000 words
Series: A Morning Lake Novel: Book 1
Digital Copies Available Here:
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Blurb: Cowboy Devin Trent can't believe his matchmaking mom is trying to set him up with Claire Best, the photographer at the local art gallery. She should know better than anyone why he doesn't deserve a second chance at love. What surprises him even more is that he is drawn to Claire and she seems interested in him, too. Their mutual attraction grows every time they see one another, but when he suspects Claire is keeping a secret he becomes wary. After all, his first marriage was ruined by secrets and lies. Can Devin earn Claire's trust? Or, will Claire's secret end their relationship before it begins?
Excerpt: Read an Excerpt Here
Thank you to everyone who has taken a chance on reading a debut book by an unknown author!
This has been an amazing experience for me so far, and I'm excited to be releasing my second book, Annie's Christmas Plan, soon!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Welcome to What to Read Thursday! (To check out previous WTRT posts, click here.)
This week I decided to highlight the work of a woman who has been a huge influence on my writing: Judith Duncan. I met Judith when I joined the Alberta Romance Writers' Association. As I mention in the acknowledgements of my book, Judith was the first person I'd ever met who had not only published one book but multiple books. I was in awe, and probably still am. Judith has been incredibly encouraging of my goal to write and publish, and I love chatting with her over a cup of coffee.
Although she has not published recently, Harlequin has begun to re-release some of her earlier work in digital format and those are what I'm showcasing today!
If Wishes Were Horses...
Available at: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Kobo
The cry for help came at night, during final roundup. But nothing could prevent Conner Calhoun
from rescuing his brother’ s widow and her two children. From the moment he’ d laid eyes on Abigail, he’ d wanted her, but she wasn’t his to have. And now he’ d moved his forbidden love onto his ranch, where the secret between them had nowhere to hide… .
Every time he tousled Cody’ s hair, every time he cuddled little Miss Sarah, he was reminded of impossible wishes… and a gift given out of love. But honor demanded he not claim for his own what was never meant to be— unless, of course, Abby wanted the same thing… .
Driven to Distraction
Available at: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Kobo
Blurb: Passing your fortieth birthday didn't mean you had to go off the deep end, did it? But there was no other explanation for the fact that usually sane single mother Maggie Burrows couldn't keep her thoughts—or her hands!—off a man who was nearly ten years younger than she was…. Of course, Tony Parnelli was drop-dead gorgeous, with a body that could melt the most sedate woman right down to her sensible shoes. But he was black leather and motorcycles, and she was mortgage payments and nine-to-five. Still, the tension between them could light up the sky—if only Maggie dared to believe in Tony…and herself….
The Renegade and the Heiress
Available at: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Kobo
The secluded cabin high in the snow-covered mountains was as far from Mallory O'Brien's glittering world of wealth and privilege as she could possibly have imagined. Yet this place—and the proud, bitter man who lived there alone—represented her last refuge from the ruthless killers stalking her....
Finn Donovan was as hard and unyielding—and as dangerously compelling—as this land he called home. And he had sworn to keep her safe, whatever the cost. But she wanted more from her guardian. She ached to know the secrets of his shadowed past—even as she longed to share his future.
Available at: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Kobo
Murphy Munroe was shocked to realize that he wanted to be with his tiny, precious son around the clock. Bedtime stories, midnight feedings…Murphy couldn't bear to miss a single moment with his child—or its mother. That was the problem… Murphy desperately longed to take care of Jordan Kennedy and the baby…forever. But they couldn't make their relationship work before parenthood complicated things. How could they even think about marriage now? Then again…how could they not?
I hope you enjoy!