Sunday, January 8, 2017

If you thought 2016 was bad...

Despite the fact that I haven't posted anything here in a long, long time, this blog is getting about 200 hits every day. I'm guessing this is an automatic thing that pops up because I still have a few blog followers out there, but it seems strange that an essentially defunct blog would get so much traffic.

Of course, there's a reason I haven't been posting or sending out newsletters. Both my agent and my Sourcebooks editor have passed on my Soul Survivors trilogy of paranormal romantic suspense. This lack of enthusiasm has crept into me like a virus, sapping my desire to write to the point that I'm having a very hard time finishing the third book. When she passed on that series, my editor asked for another Cowboy Heaven book, as well as another Cat Star book. I told her I didn't have any ideas for another cowboy story, but I did have four chapters and a synopsis for the first of a "Next Generation" Cat Star book. I also wrote a synopsis for a second book, but so far, interest has been lukewarm at best. I'm still waiting to hear from her after providing her with a better "hook" for the two books and the series as a whole, but I almost hope they say no.

The truth is, I'm tired. Tired of constantly trying to promote, promote, promote. Tired of checking my Amazon sales only to see that another day has gone by without a single sale. Tired of scrolling through Facebook and seeing nothing there to improve my mood. If you followed anything I posted before the election, you'll know I'm not a bit happy with the outcome. The general despair from that fiasco has had a negative impact on my overall outlook to the point that I've lost purpose. I'm bored and restless at the same time. I don't know what I want to do now, but writing isn't bringing me the joy it once did. I realized a few days ago that, aside from cooking, I no longer have any leisure activities that I enjoy. They've all dried up one by one as my writing career devoured every second of my spare time.

Perhaps what I'm feeling now is only the usual post-holiday blues, but I can't help believing it runs deeper than that. I turned 61 last week. I know that in today's world, that age doesn't seem very old--that is, until Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 the day before my birthday. So many of our beloved actors and musicians died in 2016. I can't say that anything terrible has happened to my family directly--except the death of our fifteen-year-old cat on January 5th. It's more pervasive than that. There's a pall hanging over our world, and romance just doesn't lift the spirit the way it once did. Maybe someday I'll catch the writing bug again, but for now, I'm going to try to find something else.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Must Love Cowboys Blog Tour!

The MLC tour begins this week. It's been a long time coming, and I know a lot of people have completely forgotten about me as an author, but if you're in the mood to win some free books, give it a shot!

Check the EVENTS tab on my website for the full schedule!

Friday, February 26, 2016

New Release!

Now available on most ebook platforms!


An erotic short story.

When the office wallflower comes aboard the pontoon, the result is one fishing trip the guys will never forget…
Sick and tired of being pegged as the office wallflower, Caroline Richardson longs for an erotic adventure. She may have found her best chance in the form of a week-long fishing trip at the lake with the trio of single hunks who make every female coworker, even the married ones, drool. When they accept her offer to come along as their cook, she is determined to make this one excursion the guys will never forget.

This revised edition was originally published by Ravenous Romance as Three Men on a Boat.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Recipes for Kale Haters!

First off, I'm not overly fond of kale. To me, it's bitter and tough, and I only grow it because I love the dark green curly leaves. This summer, I had a bumper crop, so since it's so trendy and nutritious, I decided to experiment. I tried several recipes I found online, but until I came up with these, I could eat it, but I couldn't honestly say it was scrumptious. 
Enter the secret ingredient: Curry powder. Curry covers the taste of kale better than anything I've found. So, if you like curry but don't like kale (and still think you should eat it because it's so good for you), these recipes are for you!

Creamy Kale Curry


1 large bunch of kale, stemmed and torn
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth 
Salt & pepper to taste
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup cream

  1. Prepare kale and heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Add kale to skillet and cook until wilted and dark green.
  3. Add pepper, curry powder, and chicken broth and cook for about fifteen minutes covered.
  4. Uncover and cook until broth is mostly evaporated.
  5. Add about 1/4 cup cream; just enough to cover the kale. Cook until heated.
  6. Add salt to taste and serve.

Hamburger, Onion, and Kale Pie


1lb hamburger
1 large onion, chopped
2 sweet banana peppers, seeded and chopped
1 large batch of fresh kale, stemmed and torn *
2/3 cup cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
6 eggs
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 tsp curry powder
½ tsp garlic powder
Pastry for 2-crust pie

1.      Fill a large pot 1/3 full of water (salted if desired) and bring to a boil over high heat. Add kale and cook until wilted and dark green. Drain kale in colander and allow to cool slightly. Squeeze out excess moisture using two large tea strainers or cheesecloth. This can be done ahead of time and the kale can be refrigerated until you’re ready to make the pie. *This will use up an enormous amount of kale because it cooks down to about 1 cup when excess moisture is squeezed out.
2.      Sauté hamburger, onion, and peppers until hamburger is browned and onions are translucent. Drain off fat.
3.      Separate one egg. Mix the yolk with one tbsp water and set aside.
4.      Line a large pie dish (at least 10 inch) with bottom crust.
5.      In a large bowl, add kale to hamburger mixture and all remaining ingredients. Mix well.
6.      Place filling in pie dish. Smooth out the filling  and cover with crust, crimping and fluting the edge.
7.      Brush top crust with egg yolk/water mixture and cut slits in the crust.
8.      Bake at 375° F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and serve

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yeah, I know... It's been a while.

When you get out of the habit of blogging every day, you tend to forget to report the important stuff. So to bring you up to date, Rebel tied for first place in the Prism Awards contest. Some football player whose name I can't recall once said that a tie was like kissing your sister, although since my co-winner wasn't there to accept her award, it felt like Rebel won all by his lonesome. And you must admit, a Prism is a pretty nifty trophy! Kinda heavy too.

In other news, I'm working on the copyedits to the next book in the Cowboy Heaven series, Must Love Cowboys, which is available for preorder from Amazon and B&N. I received the cover recently. It's the same cover image they used when the book was titled Cowboy Bliss, (which, by the way, I HATED!), but I did like the picture, so it's all good. The book should be released on April 5, 2016. I just got word that I have a new publicist. God only knows what she'll have me doing next year.

Bunkhouse cook wanted.
Experience preferred.
Must love cowboys...
When extremely shy computer specialist Tina Hayes takes a road trip to scatter her grandfather’s ashes in the Tetons, she winds up as the cook on a Wyoming ranch. Just as her shyness begins to abate, a mystery surfaces, forcing her to work closely with Wyatt McCabe, the one cowboy who rattles her the most.

I'm currently working on a paranormal romantic suspense trilogy, but I'll tell you more about that when I actually finish writing the series. It's a tricky one because the stories in all three books are interwoven to a certain extent. After that, I'm probably going to write another Cat Star book. I keep hearing from people who want more of the cats. I'm thinking along the lines of pairing Larry with Althea, but first I have to get them off of Jack's ship!

Cowboy Heaven and Rebel are both entered in The Romance Reviews Reader's Choice Awards. You have to register on the site before you can vote, but I'd really appreciate your taking the time! Cowboy Heaven is entered in the Erotic Western category, and Rebel is in the Romantic Sci-fi/Futuristic category. They each need 50 votes (nominations) to make it to the second round. Voting closes September 30th.

When I'm not writing, I've been going to physical therapy for the fasciitis in my right foot. Four steroid injections have helped the heel spur, but the muscles and tendons in my lower leg are all messed up from limping for the past four or five years. I keep thinking I might be turning a corner, and then I'm right back where I started. My therapist gave me a new and exquisitely painful exercise today, and I'm hoping this will do the trick!

If I think of anything else to say, I'll blog again. Hopefully that will happen a little sooner this time. *;) winking

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guest Post with Ashlyn Chase!

ANNOUNCING—Ashlyn Chase’s new release: THE CUPCAKE COVEN
“Entertainment abounds when a coven of witches whip up a few spells to help their friend hold onto her bakery while losing her heart. Can a long distance romance work between a cowboy and a baker if they believe in magic?”
—Dorine Linnen, Romance Junkies Reviews
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Buy links:
Direct from publisher-  
Pretty Wiccan Rebecca Colby borrowed money from her father to start a bakery, and now he’s calling the loan due. When she learns he fell off the gambling wagon and owes big money to some scary people, she has to start making a profit—and fast—before the loan shark takes a bite out of her.
Hot Cowboy Dru Tanner is looking for his missing sister who left Texas to explore their New England Wiccan roots. She’s the only family he has left, and he’s desperate to find her. Dru has to hide the fact that he’s not a Wiccan long enough to infiltrate a coven in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It’s the only lead he has.
Dru needs a job and a place to stay while he searches for his sister. Rebecca needs cheap help so she can work some baking magic. Dru makes Rebecca an offer she can’t refuse—if only lust doesn’t drive them crazy first.
Excerpt (And why the book is called The Cupcake Coven J )
Hanna strolled around the altar ready to thank the Goddess and open the circle. As she turned the corner, her ample hip bumped the altar and a few lit tapers toppled. Three of them landed on the plate of rum cakes and to Rebecca’s horror they ignited.
A dramatic blaze shot up over a foot high. Before anyone could react, Dru shouted, “Stand back.”
He bounded through the circle with the fire extinguisher. Rebecca remembered seeing it on a wall in the kitchen, but never thought much about it.
Hannah yelled, “Stop,” but it was too late. Dru had already pulled the pin and was spraying the altar with foamy chemicals. The witches in range gasped and jumped backward to avoid his sweep.
When the extinguisher was empty, Dru placed it on the floor. He set his hands on his hips and faced Rebecca.
“Bake cupcakes from now on, darlin’. Cupcakes.”
Biography of Ashlyn Chase
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar.  A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. 
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for 15 years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross.  She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity.  She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.     

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Prism Finalist!

I’m pleased to announce that The Cat Star Chronicles: Rebel is a finalist in the Futuristic Category of the FF&P’s 2015 PRISM Contest for Published Authors!

Winners will be announced at the RWA National Conference during FF&P’s Prism Announcement Cocktail Hour in New York, New York. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM.
 Fingers crossed!