Wednesday, July 12, 2017

National Pecan Pie Day

It's National Pecan Pie Day! If I weren't on a diet, I'd make one of these myself, but I must be good on my diet.

However, if you love Pecan Pie, I've shared my mom's recipe below. Enjoy.

Pecan Pie
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter or margarine
1 C. light corn syrup
1/2 t. salt
3 eggs
1 C. chopped pecans
Cream sugar and butter; add syrup and salt. Mix well. Beat in one egg at a time. Add pecans. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350ยบ for 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Pie Crust
1 1/2 C. sifted flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. shortening
4-5 T. ice cold water
Sift flour and salt together, then cut in shortening with a pastry cutter until pieces are the size of small peas. Add water one tablespoon at a time and combine with a fork. Once mixed, form the dough into a ball. Roll out on a floured surface to make crust. This makes one 9-inch pie crust.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Kitchen Affair now on sale with recipes

My romantic suspense novel, "A Kitchen Affair" is on sale for 25% off through July 31 during Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. Several e-book formats are available. This book includes a recipe at the end of each chapter, such as:


Chocolate Rum Cheesecake

For the crust:
1 1/4 c. crushed chocolate wafers
1/4 c. cocoa
2 T. sugar
1/4 c. melted butter

For the filling:
2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
5 - 12 oz. packages semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/2 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. rum 
2/3 c. sour cream

Preheat the oven to 300°f. Grease a spring form pan.
To make the crust, combine chocolate wafer crumbs, sugar, cocoa, and melted butter. Press into bottom of spring form pan and chill.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese until it's smooth adding sugar gradually. Add in eggs one at a time and mix at low speed. Add cooled chocolate, vanilla, almond extract, rum, and sour cream. Beat at low speed until completed blended. Pour into the spring form pan and bake for 1 hour. After the hour, turn off the oven, but leave the cake in for one hour longer. Cool at room temperature and then chill for at least 24 hours before serving. 

With Jenny Marshall struggling to pay her tuition at culinary school, she decides to become a Personal Chef to make ends meet. Derek James, owner of the James Corporation, has a crisis. His cook quit two days before his Thanksgiving dinner party. Desperate, he hires Jenny.
The prospects of a relationship between Derek and Jenny begin to look good until Colleen Michaels, a manager at his company, sets her sights on Derek. Everyone thinks Colleen is the perfect match for Derek; everyone that is, except Derek. He's fallen for Jenny and desperately wants her 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?

Use code SSW25 at checkout to get your discount.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meet the Authors

Today is Marketing for Romance Writers Book Hook Day. Today, by following the link at the end of my post you can meet some of the wonderful authors that belong to the Marketing for Romance Writers group. Each, including me, will be promoting one of their books on their blogs. I am promoting my book, Mountain of Deception.

Tessa Cooper has taken a sabbatical from teaching at a university to live in the Tennessee mountains to write a mystery novel. She didn't intend on falling in love with the man building the garage behind her cabin or find herself caught in the middle of something illegal with him.

     Tessa was stunned. She went to the living room, sat on the couch, and started putting together the pieces in her mind. Silas had never told her anything about himself, didn’t offer his phone number, and avoided telling her where he lived. Martin did have a lot of animal heads mounted in his house, and he and Silas talked a lot about hunting that night. Maybe there was something to what Mae said. She did seem like the type of person who would know everything that goes on in the neighborhood.
     Confused, she picked up her laptop and went to one of those web sites where you can do a background check on someone to look for answers. With her credit card number, she punched in Silas’ name. She couldn’t believe what came up.

Mountain of Deception is available at several online stores with the links below:

To meet a few of the other MFRW authors, visit the MRFW Book Hook Blog at


Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Seventh Annual Independent Authors Fair

First off, my apologies for be so late in getting this post up on my blog. The Authors Fair was April 29 and I just kept pushing it back on my To Do list.

The Seventh Annual Independent Authors Fair was held on April 29, 2017 in Lagrange, Kentucky. This was a new venue for the Authors Fair with it being held in the previous years in Madison, Indiana. With over 100 authors attending and selling their books, it was a wonderful event. 

Authors pictured above from left to right:
Row 1 - Arlan Andrews, Bill Noel, Juliette Douglas, Michael Williams.
Row 2 - Molly Daniels, Mysti Parker.
Row 3 - Nora Gail Truax, Per Bastet Publications
Row 4 - Holly Phillippe and Steven Zimmer of Seventh Star Press, Tony Acree, Elizabeth Bevarly, Jan Scarbrough

The owners of Karen's Book Barn did a wonderful job putting on this event. Kudos to all of them and their staff for a job well done.
A big thanks to everyone who allowed me to use their photos as I did not take any of my own.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seventh Annual Independent Authors Fair

Join me and around 100 other authors at the 7th Annual Independent Authors Fair this Saturday April 29 at LaGrange, Kentucky. I will have all of my books there for sale and signing. All genres will be represented by some very talented authors. If you are an aspiring author, there will panels on Friday night at Karen's Book Barn on the writing the different genres. If you are in the area, please stop by and see me at the Fair.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Library Authors Fair

Join me this Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Jeffersonville Township Library for their Fourth Annual Authors Fair to celebrate Library Week. The Library is located at 211 E. Court Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana and the Authors Fair runs from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. I will have all of my books available for sale.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Release Day for "Betrayed"

In 2009, my first book, Love, Lies & Deceit was released as an e-book only. Then, in 2013, the publisher of my book mysteriously closed. I retained the rights and occasionally began working on editing it for a re-release. Since that time, I wrote a few other books and have finally finished the editing and re-released Love, Lies & Deceit under the new title, Betrayed.

Betrayed is actually book #2 in the Spies of Langley series, following Compromised. You can find both books on Amazon with other formats of Betrayed becoming available on other sites soon.

Blurb for Betrayed:
     Julie McBride wanted to do more for her country and decided to leave her job as an interpreter at the State Department to become a Field Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. 
   CIA officer, Josh Cooper’s world was turned upside down after his partner left the agency to marry his future wife. Now, Josh needs a new partner and reluctantly accepts an assignment from his supervisor to be a training officer for a recent graduate from the academy, not realizing it would be a woman.
   During their first field assignment, Julie and Josh realize they’ve have fallen in love. In addition to being against agency regulations, their lives become even more complicated when Josh is arrested for selling secrets to the wrong side. Julie is now faced with deciding whether she believes in Josh enough to risk her own career and life to help him find who set him up.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Reader's Life Magazine

I'm proud to announce that I am one of the featured authors in the February 2017 issue of Reader's Life Magazine. Click the name of the magazine to take a look.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

99 Cent Sale

From now through February 15, 2017, the e-books shown above are available for 99¢ each on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo. Barnes and Noble takes a little longer for the price to change. If you check there and it hasn't changed, just keep checking back.

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