Showing posts from October, 2009

NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

I'm gonna keep it short and sweet here, friends. Last year was my first National Novel Writing Month, and I churned out River Rats, approximately 56,000 words in 25 days. I do know how to be productive, it just doesn't happen too often!

I'm sure all you writers are now gearing up, have your characters and plots in mind and are bubbling up whether this is your first NaNo or your fifth. We all have other things going on, things outside of our computers and brain children but first, give yourself a pat on the back for trying! So many people don't and it's sad. This world would be such a better place if more people just motivated themselves to start something.

I digress. Okay so the one major rule to finishing, other than 50 K words in 30 days, is...


Yes, you read that right. Because no matter how terrible you think your WIP is, no matter that it is not lining up with the picture in your head, no matter that you are sitting there …

Pumpkin Bread Recipe #5

Originally, this was a recipe for zucchini bread, but I'm the queen of lazy improv in the kitchen. Buying canned pumpkin is quite a bit easier than processing zucchini!


• 3C Flour
• 2 tsp Cinnamon
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2C sugar
• 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 oil
• Dash cloves and ginger


Stir first 6 ingredence together. In another bowl mix sugar, pumpkin and eggs. Combine then add oil. Pour in 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.

I so love to win!

Texting Between The Sheets: We have a winner!

The textnovel Divas are giving me a fab prize for reading, voting for, and subscribing to their excellent stories.

These titles include:

Muse Struck--Liane Gentry Skye
Surrender The Night--Liane Gentry Skye
Confessions Of The World's Oldest Shotgun Bride--Gail Hart
Fae Nights--Robin Wright (writing as Jhaea)
How To Lose A demon In Ten Days--Saranna DeWylde

All top stories in the Next Best Celler contest--as they should be.

Thank you, ladies!

Help me find her a home!

This is Tasha and she needs a home. Look at those eyes! If you live in the Concord area and are looking for a dog, Tasha might be right for you! Once I'm a bestselling author, I'm going to buy acres galore and adopt as many of these critters as I can,my own Dalmation Plantation. Until then think about helping Tasha.

Hello, my name is Tasha and I am a medium sized black/brown/white Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. I am 2 years old and current on all vaccinations, flea/tick/heart worm preventatives. I am a sweet dog that is very energetic. I love to swim, go for walks, be groomed, petted, and to play with my 2 other brothers.

I am very shy around people and guarded around strangers. Once I get to know you, I am very nice and sweet. I get along with other dogs and get along with kids. I need a family that would have a fenced in yard.

I was brought up to be an outdoor dog but could easily be trained to be an indoor dog.

I need someone that would be patient enough to work with me.

Pet ID…

Hey, what happened to River Rats?

I've received several messages and comments over @ regarding River Rats/ River Rat Romance. (Same story by the way.)Wanted to clear things up

I'd submitted the story to Marci Baun at Wild Child Publishing back in May. It was my NaNoWriMo manuscript from last year. Now since Marci is the busiest person I know, always seeking new opportunities for her sites and authors, she didn't get back to me for a few months. So, when I learned about the Dorchester contest, I started posting chapters of then titled River Rat Romance--because I like alliteration.

The feedback I got was excellent and many thanks to everyone who invested in Sam And Alex's story. Shout out to Amy Duncan of Millbrook, my #1 Beta reader!

About two weeks after I started posting on TN, Marci offered me a contract on River Rats. Which I accepted and consequently pulled all but the intro chapter off of the textnovel site. And I switched genres to take it officially out of the contest.

So yes, yo…

Recipe 4: German Oven Pancake

German Oven Pancake


• 3/4 Cup Sifted Flour
• 1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
• 4 Eggs --Yes that's right 4--
• 3/4 Cup of Milk --Maybe a little shy
• 2 Tbsp Margarine
• 1/4 tsp salt
• **Powdered sugar **


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease dish. WARNING: This puppy rises like nobody’s business, so I suggest something with high sides. The dish I use is oval 12x10 and 3 inches deep.

Beat eggs slightly gradually adding flour. Stir in milk, melted margarine salt and sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes until it rises and top starts to turn golden brown. Dust liberally with sifted powdered sugar. Serves 4.

Are YOU A Character? Contest

Have you ever wanted to have your name appear in a novel? In my story, Redeeming Characters, authors Drue and Dakota are writing a futuristic romance novel and the players are sans identity.

I have trouble sorting out the names of my own characters, never mind characters being written by the characters I've created. So I'm offering you a chance to play the hero or heroine or villain, whatever you prefer. Five winners will be selected at the end of November, winners names and roles in the story posted here.

How to enter:
Follow the link


Vote, subscribe and comment on my story, Redeeming Characters. You MUST do all three to be eligible. In the comment please post your preference, ie villain, hero or heroine. That's it, you're entered!

Southern Spoon Bread Recipe #3

Southern Spoon Bread

A friend brought this to Thanksgiving dinner years ago and it was an instant favorite. We only have it twice a year, since it is a calorie and cholesterol train-wreck, but it's so worth it! A great side dish to go along with most any soup; perfect with Autumn Soup.


• 1 8 1/2 oz box jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
• 2 Eggs Beaten
• 1 Stick of butter~ softened, not melted
• 1 15 oz. can Corn Nibblets
• 1 15 oz can Creamed Corn
• 1 Tbsp sugar.


Mix all until moistened. DO NOT OVERMIX batter. Bake @ 375 for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Toothpick check like you would a cake, to verify it's cooked all the way through.