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Five Things for Friday

Yikes! I absolutely forgot to send anything out last week. But in my defense, I had picked 50 lbs of strawberries and was, well, rather up to my ears in making jam. We now have all the jam. And strawberry preserves. Syrup. And sauce. LOL.

So that leads to me the first thing on my list this week. Which, no surprise, is food.

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Dutch Babies. Which is a deceptive title, because they should be called really big popovers that pretend to be pancakes and happen to go well with . . . you guessed it, strawberries. I love … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Happy Summer!! We might be at home, but I don’t mind. I have my garden, my patio and a head full of stories. I’m just fine with that. Go for a walk. Take a deep breath. Love those around you.

And . . .

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Easy Kale Salad. This one is on replay every time I get enough kale in the garden to fill the salad bowl. This obsession began when I had this fabulous kale salad in New York in January, while having lunch with my agent. Wow, that seems like a world ago.

I loved that salad … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

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My roses. First, there are the peonies, and then the roses. And the roses are glorious this year. I’ve been cutting them and giving them away and they just keep blooming.

So remember–the more you give away, the more you bloom.

Next up: the day lilies. I can’t wait to see what they have to say this year.

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We’ve been working our way through all kinds of movie series, but we’ve also been watching our fair share of documentaries of late. You can only watch Captain America so many times. (Just kidding, I can watch Chris Evans every … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Thank you to all of you have written to me, sharing your books, recipes, ideas and what you’ve tried and liked here. Your notes and encouragement and friendly ‘howdies’ make my Fridays bright. And this week, wow! Couldn’t we all use just a little bit of bright and hope for the future?! I know we can get there if we work together.

I have one thing I really, really, beg you to do, and the other four are just for fun.

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Vote. I don’t care who you vote for, (okay I do, but that isn’t up to me to … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Once again it is Friday–funny how that happens every week–and I am back with Five Things. Just five. Nothing unmanageable, and hopefully something that brightens your day, weekend, week. At least until next Friday. *snort*

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Bloom. Let’s just get straight to the thing I love most as May creeps along into June–my peonies start blooming.

A number of these plants got started in my grandmother’s yard, who got them from her mother’s yard–do you see where this is going? My garden is my connection to my family in so many ways.

I especially love the peony plant I got … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Thank you for all your notes, suggestions and glad tidings. I’m glad my suggestions from last week helped out or led you to something new. So here we go again, Five Things for Friday that you might enjoy, binge or share. Because who doesn’t love something shiny and new to brighten their day?

And if you love something here please share it around, or if  you have something to suggest, please send me a note, add a comment, help me find the lovelies in your life and I’ll add them to the list.

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Liza Palmer’s Monday Newsletter. I … Read more »

Recent Reads

I’ve been–for a bit–on a Fantasy reading binge. But oh, there are some great stories out there that I would be remiss in not sharing. They have everything we all love about romance, but also that wonderful reach into another world and acres of adventure. So I offer up these books as something to try if you are looking for new reads:

Crush the King

The 3rd entry in Jennifer Estep’s A Crown of Shards series, I have to admit, I loved Crush the King, the most. (But don’t get me wrong, I raved about the 2nd book, Protect Read more »

Workshop: The Character Arc

In my recent workshop, The Character Arc, for Women Writing the West and the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, I referenced several books and a blog post/video that I would encourage everyone to check out.

Books:

Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook

Writing the Breakout Novel and The Emotional Craft of Fiction, both by Donald Maass

The Character Arc  by K.M. Weiland

Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell

Blog/Video post:

How to Plot Your Novel in One Page

More Books:

Because more books is never wrong. Am I right?

Here is a list of my … Read more »

Release Day Read: The Huntress

I got the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Kate Quinn’s exquisite new historical fiction, The Huntress. You might recall, I raved about her previous book, The Alice Network in a December post about incredible books to give as gifts.

Now I get to rave about The Huntress.

The story revolves around a pair (soon to be trio) of Nazi hunters chasing after a murderess who has disappeared into the ether after committing heinous crimes in the waning days of WWII. The trio of stories weave together a thrilling and poignant story of war, loss, and finding … Read more »

Romance Retellings

The theme for the #Romancestagram hashtag over on Instagram this month is “Romance Retellings.” I have to say, this is one of my favorite themes so far, both as a reader and a writer.

Every month as the themes are announced, I scan to see if I have any books or favorite reads to share, and usually I have one or two, but this month is an embarrassment of riches. Or should I just confess–like most romance authors, I simply love retelling a classic, a favorite fairy tale, or giving a new spin to that old, adored movie.

Take Fairy

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