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Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.

November 12, 2015

Caption this

So I was out on a snow hike with Frat Boy, and even though he is always just looking for a good time, there’s something very valuable about having Frat Boy on the trail.

He doesn’t miss a single trick. So when he sits still and gives the woods a long look, I ALWAYS pay attention.

Which is why I wasn’t thrilled to catch him doing this:


Today’s question … what is he thinking? Go. :cool:

November 11, 2015


Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: TALINA F, DEBI WELCH, and DANA ALLISON. Hit the contact button above with MY KIND OF WONDERFUL in the subject line, let me know print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

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I’ve been hungry for weeks thinking about Thanksgiving. I have to confess, I don’t cook the meal. Alpha Man and Youngest do. Alpha Man does the turkey, the AMAZING stuffing, and the pumpkin pies. Youngest does the potatoes, the veggies, and this year she’s also doing her own thing for dessert. She said she’d tell me what it was but then she’d have to kill me. And since I pay her college tuition, she knows where her bread is buttered.

ANYWAY, I’d love to hear what you’re cooking or what you would want to cook if you could. And even better, would love it if some of you shared your recipes. Would you mind? We’d all love it so.

And in return, I’ll give away my upcoming MY KIND OF WONDERFUL to THREE of you. Deal? As a fair exchange, I’m sharing Alpha Man’s Good Morning Sunshine Casserole. It’s AMAZING and he makes it for big holiday mornings to feed the masses. Try it, I swear you’ll like it.

Good Morning Sunshine Casserole
1 layer of tater tots
1 layer of ham or sausage cubes
(or crumbled bacon, whatever makes your skirt blow up)
1 layer of grated cheddar cheese
(there’s no such thing as too much cheese for breakfast)
Pour this over the layer:
6 beaten eggs
1/2 tsp. salt (or more, if no one’s looking) 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 cup of chopped onion
3 cups of milk
2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
Add 1/2 cup melted butter over all that. Cook in 13×9 pan 1 hour at 350 degrees uncovered.

November 10, 2015

I do…

I saw this pic on Pinterest and it totally captivated my inner romantic soul. Someone was lucky enough to have this be their proposal:


Adorable, right? So now I’m wondering … what’s your fave proposal story you’ve ever witnessed, been lucky enough to be part of, or heard?

November 9, 2015

Snow Day

Once in awhile, a day dawns so jaw-droppingly gorgeous that I can’t stop looking out the windows.

It’s really very distracting.

In today’s case, we’ve just spent the past 24 hours being pelted by a storm. I think the gorgeousness is Mother Nature’s way of saying sorry that you had to shovel for hours.

Which is fine. Because I wasn’t the one shoveling, Alpha Man was.


I went snow shoeing beneath 300 foot tall towering pines laden with heavy snow …

Twice they unloaded on me and made my hair frizzy. Bastards. No, I don’t have a picture of that. It’s too scary.

Frat Boy and I went for a snow shoe to the cliff.

Where Frat Boy roused a very unhappy, premenstrual raccoon and then nearly caused an avalanche, so we called it a day and headed home for cookies.

November 5, 2015

A Day In The Life

7:05 a.m.
Sit on couch, open laptop. There’s a spider on the wall. Close laptop and go back to bed.

8:00 a.m.
I’m back. Spider is gone. Not good news. Where did it go? Is it planning its attack? Can’t possibly work while under siege. Go for hike.

10:02 a.m.
Once again on couch with laptop. I spy spider on far wall above the wood stack by the wood stove. I write with one eye on the spider.

11:00 a.m.
I wake up the lazy ass cat and try to get her to stalk and kill spider. She insists the chore is beneath her.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch. Dessert. Come back to couch. Spider is on the move, and so am I. I run screaming from the room.

1:00 p.m.
Alpha Man shows up for spider extraction. Spider can’t be found. Bastard. Alpha Man leaves.

1:03 p.m.
Spider is back. Alpha Man refuses to answer his phone.

1:05 p.m.
Cookies do not help.

2:00 p.m.
Back to typing on couch while watching spider make himself at home on wood pile. I’m pretty sure he’s flipping me off.

2:30 p.m.
Youngest comes home. Refuses to kill spider. Damn tree hugger.

3:00 p.m.
Cat is suddenly interested in spider. She drops it to floor and then loses interest. Walks away. Spider comes toward me.

4:00 p.m.
Still sitting outside, where I am now locked out. Note to self: next time you go screaming out the front door, make sure it’s unlocked first.

5:00 p.m.
Look in window and see Frat Boy eating spider. Good boy. Can you let mommy in please?

5:30 p.m.
Alpha Man comes home with Taco Bell. I decide to forgive him.

November 4, 2015

Today’s writing inspiration

Update: Winner randomly drawn is LYNN. Lynn, hit the contact button above, give me a few book choices, and let me know print or digital!

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Thought I’d share. You are welcome. Leave a comment, one of you will win a book from my backlist!

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