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Sweet Romance Reads: How do you celebrate accomplishments?

I’m at the Sweet Romance Reads blog and Facebook group talking about finishing my book and posting a poll about how you usually celebrate accomplishments. Check out the blog or Facebook group to weigh in!

Pictures of Bath from my London trip

I posted some pictures I took of my day trip to Bath ! Click the link to see my photo album on Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to see the pictures.

Trip to England!

Hey peeps! This week, I am headed to England for my 40th birthday! I didn’t want a party, instead I wanted a dream vacation, so I’m headed to London to meet my friend and author Shelley Adina/Adina Senft, who will be flying there from her trip in Europe. We’ll spend some time in London together before she heads back to the States and I stay in England for another few days with my friends and authors Liz Babbs and Penny Culliford (separately, not together, although we’ll probably spend time together all three of us!) I’m also hoping to meet up for coffee with some other writer friends who live near London. Please pray for a safe journey for me! This is my first time traveling internationally in a long time and I’m not really looking forward to the long plane ride to London.

The frustration of being sidelined

For the past four days, I’ve had a low-grade headache just kind of hovering behind my forehead, but yesterday it exploded into a full-flown migraine. It was awful. My head was pounding too much for me to be able to sleep it off, and my stomach was upset so I couldn’t take any medication. Luckily, I had taken a couple Tylenol and willow bark with some soymilk before my stomach rebelled, so I wasn’t totally without drugs. The only thing I could do was lie in bed with the windows darkened and a cold compress on my head and eyes. However, the pain was too much and I couldn’t sleep, but it was also heartily boring lying in bed in pain, so I put on an audiobook and listened to that in the dark. I went through three cold compresses before the headache died down. Even after I got up, I still had a low-grade headache and my head felt fragile, like glass. I tried doing work and couldn’t--I was in too much pain, and I was afraid that looking at the computer screen was making my headache get w

Who’s reading Young Adult novels?

I was on the Girls, God, and the Good Life blog yesterday with a link to a very interesting article and an unofficial poll: Camy here! I came across this article in Publisher’s Weekly today about a study that showed 55% of YA Books are bought by adults . I thought that was interesting, although not really surprising. Click here to read the rest of my blog post and join the discussion! What do you think about the results of this study?

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Love Inspired Harvest Festival at

This week is the Love Inspired Harvest Festival at forum boards! Games and prizes and authors dropping by to chat! Come join us! If you’re not yet a member of the Harlequin forum boards, it’s super easy to sign up! If you have problems, just message me or Love Inspired Books on Facebook for help!

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Spring Vegetables in the rice cooker

This all started because I made vegetable risotto in my rice cooker, although I added more veggies than the recipe indicated, which added more water to it, which made the rice mushy. Several months ago, I tried making a savory steel cut oats recipe from The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook , but didn’t much care for it because it had too much honey in the recipe, and I didn’t like the taste of the olive oil, steel cut oats, and honey together. But I liked the texture of the steel cut oats, so I decided to combine the veggie risotta and steel cut oats recipe. I did a combination of the risotto recipe from the cookbook and the savory steel cut oatmeal recipe. Here it is: Savory Steel Cut Oats with Spring Vegetables in the rice cooker 1 tablespoon butter 1 minced garlic clove 1/2 diced onion 1 cup chopped leafy greens--I used kale, you could also use spinach, chard, beet greens instead 1-2 small carrots, finely diced, or 1 large carrot finely diced 1-2 small summer squash or zu

Review: A London Season

A London Season by Joan Wolf My rating: 5 of 5 stars Completely enjoyed this story written in the old fashioned style. Characters are likable and conflict is adequate. Ending is predictable but satisfying. View all my reviews