Monday, December 21, 2009

Ten Romance Authors Read Complete Short Stories to Raise Donations

Tomorrow afternoon and evening (that is Tuesday December 22nd 2009) ten of my author friends will be reading their own short stories aloud on Internet Voices Radio (PIVTR) and we hope that listeners who enjoy the entertainment will donate to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in downtown Detroit.

Reading times: 2pm to 4pm, 5.30 to 7.30 pm, 9.00pm to 11.00pm

There will be carol singing led by a Detroit opera star from 4.30 to 5.00 pm (check the PIVTR for precise times).

Authors involved (alphabetically by first name):

Brenna Lyons, Cindy Spencer Pape, Cornelia Amiri, Jade Lee, Lillian Cauldwell, Loretta Wheeler, Linda LaRoque, Linda Nightingale, Mickey Flagg, Sandy Lender, Victoria Houseman,

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The phone number for text messages is: 734-277-2733

For Soup Kitchen pledges for the interest and encouragement of the authors who are reading, and for short messages how much you like the stories etc.

Further details... please forgive me for not editing.

Cindy Spencer Pape

Story title: Christmas at Mort's

available for free on Cindy's website, as a holiday gift to her readers.

Book I'm promoting: Mistletoe Magic: available in print from Ellora's Cave

Victoria Houseman

My story is: Rachel’s Light in Holiday in the Heart published by The Highland Press. It’s 20 pages.

I write under Victoria Houseman. My website is:

Loretta Wheeler

Brenna Lyons

"I found the world Ms. Lyons created to be realistic. Both main characters had humanistic characteristics but also the genetic makeup of their Xxanian ancestors as well. I blushed more than once, that’s for sure. CLOSE ENOUGH TO HUMAN was an exceptional read." Reviewed by Natasha Smith for Romance Junkies 4.5 Ribbons

Linda Nightingale

a Black Rosette, Black Swan

Available from The Wild Rose Press

Best of Week at The Long & Short of It Reviews

Linda LaRoque
~Writing Western Romance with a Twist in Time~

Reading: Goat Heads and Yellow Roses - Childhood Memories of Visiting Grandma in the 1950s. Unpublished.


Promoting: Time Travel Romances - My Heart Will Find Yours and Flames On The Sky available at, Barnes & Noble. com and The Wild Rose Press. And Contemporary Western Romances - Forever Faithful, Investment of the Heart, and When The Ocotillo Bloom at online bookstores and Champagne Books.

Mickey Flagg

Retribution! The Champion Chronicles:Book One

Available at

"I am very anxious for the sequel" 5 star reader review

Coming soon: Consequences: The Champion Chronicles Book Two

Sandy Lender

"A Legacy Protected." from Sandy Lender, Author of Choices Meant for Gods

What you've been waiting for!

ArcheBooks Publishing has released the intense sequel Choices Meant for Kings at Also in Kindle format at


"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

Cornelia Amiri

Long Swords, Hot Heroes & Warrior Women

Lillian Cauldwell.

The Anna Mae Mysteries -- The Golden Treasure



Getting Physical (Blaze) Sept 09

Dragonbound April 09

The Concubine (Blaze historical) Feb 09

Your host:

Rowena Cherry

Heroines get more hero than they bargain for....

I hope you'll drop in and listen. This is a new experience for me and am a bit nervous.

Happy Reading and Writing!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Recipe - Christmas Wreath Candy - Quick and Easy

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I used to make these for my children at Christmas. They're colorful, nutritious, and delicious.

Christmas Wreaths

1 stick butter
35 marshmallows
green food coloring
5 cups corn flakes
1 pkg red hot candies

Use a heavy iron skillet

Melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Add food coloring until desired color. Remove from heat and add corn flakes and mix together.
Working quickly -
Drop onto ungreased pan in a circle. Add red hots for berries. Let harden.


Merry Christmas all. Happy Reading and Writing!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peanut Patties - the Recipe

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As a kid my brother and I loved those dark pink peanut patties. They were about 3 inches around and only cost a nickle. Loaded with sugar, and with our snaggle teeth, eating one took longer than if we'd bought a Hershey bar. Of course, in those days if we got one a month we were lucky. I can remember when we lived on the air force base in Newfoundland we'd get a quarter to go to the movie and have enough left for a coke and a candy bar. We were appalled when the tickets went up and we had to pick between a coke or candy.

When my children were small, one of my teacher friends made peanut patties and brought them to school. They were delicious and as good as the ones from my childhood. From then on I made them every Christmas along with pecan tassies, chocolate fudge, fruitcake, lemon bars, pressed cookies, cut out cookies, and several cheese balls.

Unfortunately, now that we're older, I rarely bake anymore. For one thing, we don't need all the sweets and second, the kids aren't here long enough to eat it all. So, that leaves too much for me to finish off.

For those of you who love peanut patties and want a good recipe, here it is. Enjoy!

Peanut Patties

1/2 recipe makes 18 patties. Grease muffin tins before beginning preparation.

3 C. sugar
1 C. milk (Evaporated Milk)
1 C. white Karo syrup

Cook until hard ball stage. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 lb. oleo, 1 t. vanilla, few drops red food coloring, 3 C. roasted peanuts. Beat until changes color. (will become cloudy in appearance.)

Working fast, pour about 1/2 inch layer in muffin pans. Let cool and set.

Please leave a comment and let me know what candy is your favorite to make for the holidays. If you make the peanut patties, I'd love to know how you like them.

Merry Christmas all! Happy Reading and Writing!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Welcome Guest Tiffany Green

Please welcome Tiffany Green, The Wild Rose Press author, as she celebrates the debut of her fist novel Innocence Lost.

Meet Tiffany -

From the first moment I saved the knight in shining armor at age eight, I fell in love with romance. Since then, I have conjured many stories, and now I am excited to bring the best of them to you.

My main love is the Regency historical, but don’t be surprised if you find some medieval and western romances show up.

I am a native Texan and have deep roots in the small Texas town in which I live. My husband is incredibly wonderful and supportive and I have one awesome teenage son. Going back to school for my MBA is keeping me busy, but has not stopped me from my first love—creating exciting new worlds and interesting characters to fill them.

Visit me at my website. I’m also on Facebook. I hope you enjoy my books!


The tip I have about writing deals with Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC). In writing romance, this concept is as necessary as the love story itself. For without these three simple things, there is no story. The goal is the “what” that the main two characters of the story want. Often, the goal of the hero is not at all the goal of the heroine. That is perfectly okay and can even add to the conflict between the two. Motivation is what drives the two characters to achieve their goals. This is the “why” they want their goals. The conflict is the “how” that keeps the characters from realizing their goals. All three work together and must be present in every romance. Without GMC, the story would fall flat and the reader would be bored to death. GMC helps to keep the reader firmly in the story from start to finish.

ABOUT INNOCENCE LOST…                       

From her first glimpse of his portrait, Lady Megan is smitten. Unfortunately, the handsome face belongs to her brother’s enemy—the Duke of Claremont, Nicholas Bradshaw. Nicholas learns a little too late that the beautiful girl he met at the stream is not at all who he thinks. And now, he must keep her safe from the enemy lurking close to home. When the kidnapper does strike, it takes the assistance of Nicholas, his former foe, and a pirate captain to save Megan. But will it be enough?


“My lady, come quick.”

Megan frowned at the closed door. She set aside her volume of Catullus’s poetry and rose from the chair in her sitting room. Calmly, she opened the door. If it was another man threatening suicide because she hadn’t agreed to marry him…

Julian’s furious voice rang through the house. She gasped and ran down the stairs.

Wentworth bowed and opened the drawing room door, as if he’d been expecting her.

Her heart took a crazy leap at the sight of him standing there. Nicholas. She glanced at her brother and grew worried. The two stood face to face with their fists balled and ready to strike.

As Julian moved forward, she flew between them. Her blood pounded hard in her ears. She stood so close to Nicholas, she could feel the heat of his body. She yearned to step into his arms. Had he come to see her? “What are you doing?” she demanded, looking from one wrathful face to the other.

“Leave, Claremont, now,” her brother said.

“Not until I have some answers concerning this.” Nicholas threw a crumpled newspaper down. “Damn you, Julian, you had no right.” Then his gaze shifted to her. Her heart surged up in her throat. He looked flushed with anguish. “How could you do this, Meg? Why didn’t you choose me?” His voice grew hoarse, full of pain. Then he went still. “Or did you choose me and your brother did not honor our agreement?” He jerked his head up and nailed Julian with a glare.

Confusion boiled within her. “What agreement?”

A muscle ticked in Nicholas’s cheek as he kept his eyes on her brother. “Tell her,” he demanded.

She turned to her brother and caught the unease in his eyes. “Julian?”

He heaved a sigh. “Moppet—”

“Don’t you dare call me that, Julian!” She poked a finger into his chest. “Tell me everything. Now!”

With a sigh, he nodded at Nicholas. “He was not to see or speak to you until you selected a husband. And I would not oppose your decision.”

She kept her eyes locked on her brother. “Even if I had named Nicholas?”

“Yes,” he said.

She wanted to kill Julian.

“Your brother also insisted that you were to know nothing of this agreement,” Nicholas added.

A sick knot of despair rose up from the depths of her stomach. She started to tremble. Her hands fell limply to her sides. “Are you telling me,” She turned to Nicholas, “that the only reason you’ve been ignoring me is because of a pact you made with Julian?”

His brows were drawn and his eyes filled with pain. He lifted his hand to touch her but halted and lowered his arm.

“Yes, love.”

Her eyes prickled as she turned to her brother. “I cannot believe you did this.”

“Megan, I did it for you—”

“No, Julian. You did it for you.” Oh, God, she had been so wrong about everything. Nicholas. Her brother. Everything. She trembled in earnest now.

Nicholas moved closer. He reached out as if to steady her, but didn’t touch her. “Are you all right, Megan?”

She glanced up, her vision swimming. “You were trying to find a way for us to marry?”

“Yes, my little nymph.”

A tear skidded down her cheek. “I-I can’t. I’m betrothed to another.”

Thank you for being here today, Tiffany. I've ordered my copy of Innocene Lost and look forward to reading it. You can order your copy at The Wild Rose Press or Amazon. Good luck with sales, Tiffany!

Readers, please leave a comment and you're automatically entered into my monthly ebook drawing.  Victoria Roder, if you're reading you won last month and I need you to contact me. Tiffany has a great contest posted on her website so be sure to check it out.

Happy Reading and Writing!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Heart Will Find Yours is Up for Best Western Romance of 2009.

Book One of the Turquoise Legacy, My Heart Will Find Yours, received a 5 spur review from Love Western Romances making it eligible for their Best Western Romance of the year award.

Click on Love Western Romances and go to their home page to vote.

Thank you and Happy Reading and Writing!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November's Ebook Winner

Vicki Roder is November's winner. Vicki, email me at with the title of your choice and I'll send your ebook right away.

Thank you all who commented. I hope you'll come back during the month of December. Each time you leave a comment your name is entered so chat all you want.

Thanks and Happy Reading and Writing.