Sunday, August 28, 2016

September Appearances

On September 8, I will be at the New Albany-Floyd County Library Authors Fair from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will also be a panel discussion during this time where myself and other authors will be discussing our writing process. The Library is located at 180 W. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana.

On September 18, I will participating in the Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz at 300 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. I hope to see you there.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Photo challenge - Colorful

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I've started taking pictures again. I hoping that doing that during the day will keep my mind fresh to work on my books in the evening. Starting in August, I'm doing a 31 day photo challenge. I have a daily list of photo themes that I will try to achieve. To get me started, I've picked my own topics to shoot for the next three days. Today's theme was "colorful." Below is a photo of my Impatiens flowers in front of my porch.

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Book and New Photographs

I wanted to give an update on what's been going on with me. No, I don't have a new book coming out yet, but I am about to start on the final chapter of my next book, "Her Bluegrass Beau." Without going into details, because they could change in the editing process, this book takes place in Kentucky when Karri Taylor comes to Kentucky to sell her great-aunt's farm that she inherited. While staying in Kentucky, she has second thoughts about selling when she meets the handsome neighbor, Jake Duncan. I hope to have the book released in early 2017.

The next news is that I am going to start taking photos again. No, this will not take time away from my writing. I'll be setting up a schedule allotting time for both. Photography has always been a passion of mine since high school. It's more or less a stress reliever for me. Periodically, I'll post some photos here as I plan on taking part in some photo challenges. Until I post some new ones, here are a couple landscapes that I took some time ago.

This was taken just down the road from my house on one of my morning walks. It's best viewed large.

I took this one as I was driving home one evening. This is also be viewed large.

Check back later for more updates and photos.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, United States!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phi Beta Psi's Day at the Park


My next appearance will be Saturday, June 25 at the Phi Beta Psi Day at the Park. The event is located at Wirth Park in Oakland City, Indiana from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time. I'll have all of my books there to sign and sell.

There will also be lots of craft and food vendors and live music all day.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Edinburgh Outlet Mall Authors Fair May 28

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, join me, and so many other authors, at the Authors Fair at the Edinburgh (Indiana) Outlet Mall, just off of I-65 at exit 76. We'll be located at in front of the mall between the Claire's and Charlotte Russe outlet stores. The Authors Fair runs from 10 am - 5 pm EDT. Not only will you find some great books, but the Outlet Mall has hundreds of stores for your shopping pleasure. Get that Christmas shopping done early.

The Edinburgh Outlet Mall is located at 11622 NE Executive Dr, Edinburgh, Indiana 46124.

I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

National Wine Day

Today is National Wine Day. This should be a national holiday, don't you think? I love to write scenes in my novels where the characters are sharing a meal and I try to always include wine. I'm not a wine connoisseur, so I had to do a lot of research to write the scenes where they have to order wine. I had to figure out what wine would go with the type of food they were eating. I have to admit it was so much fun reading and learning about the different types of wines.

Surprisingly, the best place I found for wine research wasn't on the Internet. It was in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, which included a chart inside defining the different types of wines.

One of the more interesting things I learned about wine is that different wines should be served in different style glasses.  For instance, red and burgundy wines are served in a glass with a larger bowl. Rosé wines should be served in a glass with a flarred lip to allow the wine to flow out of the glass and onto the tip of the tongue where the sweet taste buds are located. However, if you don't have a glass with a flarred lip, don't feel you need to run out to buy one. Rosé wines are similar to red wines, so the larger bowl glass for red wines works very well. White wines are served in a similar style glass, but a bit smaller. Who knew? Sparkling wines and champagne should be served in a long stem flute glass. 

One thing that I was amazed to find out is that sherry is a type of wine made from white grapes. Remember watching the television show, Frazier? He was always drinking sherry with his brother. Dry sherry is considered an appetizer wine and served cold, or it can be sweet and served at room temperature after a meal, like on Frazier. On that show, they usually drank it from a very small sized glass, but according to my research, it should be served in a glass similar to the red wine glass, but shorter.

If you want to see how well I put my new knowledge of wine to work, check out my book, "A Kitchen Affair." Links are available on the book page of my web site,

If you're interested in learning a little more about wines, please visit fellow author, Mysti Parker's blog.