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.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"A Kitchen Affair" 99 cent sale

Today, I am guest blogging on on Jana Richard's blog about my backlist book, "A Kitchen Affair."

On her blog, you will find my recipe for Chocolate Rum Cheesecake, which is one of the dishes served in the book. If you purchase "A Kitchen Affair" now online you will receive the updated edition, which includes a recipe at the end of each chapter. That's 12 recipes in all. In honor of my guest appearance on Jana's blog, you can now purchase the e-book of "A Kitchen Affair" for 99¢ on many of the online stores. You can find the buy links below.

When culinary student Jenny Marshall struggles to pay her tuition, she decides to become a Personal Chef to make ends meet. The most eligible bachelor in town, Derek James, happens to also be a millionaire and he has a crisis. Two days before his Thanksgiving dinner party, his cook has to quit due to a family emergency. Desperate, he hires Jenny to cook for his party and there's chemistry from the start. He likes her, she likes him, but a manager at his company has set her sights on Derek and does everything she can to sabotage the relationship. Everyone thinks Colleen is the perfect match for Derek; everyone that is, except Derek. He desperately wants Jenny in his life. However, Colleen has other plans to keep that from happening. What lengths will she go to in order to keep Derek and Jenny apart?

Buy Links:

This sale ends on or around May 24, 2016.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Now Available in Paperback

For the first time, my novella "Spring Forward, Fall Back in Love" is now available in paperback. You can find buy links to several online retailers on my web site at

Screenwriting Nomination

  I'm so excited to announce that my horror/thriller screenplay, Summer Darkness has been nominated as a finalist for Best Short Scree...