A Treat for You on this Hallow’s Eve

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for an upcoming 2013 release. This is a full-length straight historical (no time-travel) that will be released from The Wild Rose Press American Rose line.


Recipe Tuesday

With Halloween tomorrow, what treat will you be whipping up for your little ghouls and gobblins? The internet is full of suggestions from filo wrapped mini hotdogs to look like mummies to moonpies decorated to look like owl faces.

But what if you don’t have a lot of time or are not that creative?

Here’s a simple recipe for Witch Hats that someone told me about. It’s simple. It’s Easy. No baking required. And it’s fast less than 15 minutes to make.


  • 32 unwrapped chocolate kisses
  • 32 chocolate striped cookies
  • orange or red icing in a tube

on a plate or waxed paper lay out the chocolate striped cookies upside down. Take the icing tube and squirt a small amount on the bottom of the chocolate kiss and place in the center of the cookie.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween everyone!!!


The Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Even though the North East Coast is the main path of Hurricane Sandy everyone on the east coast is seeing the effects. Add in a few cold fronts coming down from Canada and the mix can be very unpleasant. We are seeing rain and colder temps than we’d like for the end of October. Just over the border to the north of us, Kentucky is slated to receive snow. How much is still unclear. A mere dusting to a couple of inches possible. I’ve thought it looked like snow here for the last few days, but it hasn’t been cold enough for that just yet. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point.

But we cannot forget those in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The flooding. The power outages. The strong winds. The predicted states of emergencies that the governors are already calling for. We are all concerned for your well fare and hope that you come away from this experience unharmed.

Sunday Sundaes

Today we had choir practice before the evening service. We are preparing for our Christmas service the first Sunday in December and this was our first practice with the orchestra. It went really well I think. It was nice to hear the electric guitars, drums,  trumpets, french horn, flute, clarinet, baritone, xylophone and kettle drums with the songs we will sing for that program. We normally only practice with the piano and organ each week.

After practice we had our evening worship service which included communion. This was the first time many of the new deacon that were ordained a few weeks ago had participated in the service in this capacity. It went smoothly

Now I’m home, wrapped in a blanket, sharing a bowl of popcorn with my shi tzu and waiting for Once Upon a Time to come on in a few minutes. Not a bad end to a really good day.

Play Date Saturday

Today I slept in. Not something I normally do on Saturdays. But when I woke and saw it was after 9:30 a.m. I was surprised. I hurried downstairs to check my laptop and my sales figures since I’m running a free download for one of my books. The figures looked promising and my rankings at Amazon were excellent.

All of this was going on while the wind was blowing, leaves were swirling, orange pine needles flying threw the air. Cold weather has set in. Drizzling rain had fallen earlier this morning while I slept. The Race for the Cure happened, a Golf tournament for our Mission Team took place as well.

I stayed home, worked on my current WIP and did laundry and a few other household chores before running a few errands and picking up some supplies in town. Now I’m settling in to write some more before watching the fifth movie in The Good Witch series on Hallmark Channel later tonight.