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Hello my dear friends! This has been a hard week. In the ways that just shake you. More on that later.
Instead, let’s first share some things to make your weekend a little more special, adventurous and sweet.
What to read? Why not try an oldy but a goody.
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.
If you’ve never read Georgette, now is the perfect time to curl up with her delightful Regencies and bask in her extraordinary wit and sublime romance. I adore The Grand Sophy–it is always the Heyer book I recommend people read first. But my favorite … Read more »
It’s Friday! Hurrah. We made it through another week. I hope your days have been bright and you have a weekend ahead full of things that make you smile.
Here are five things that have me grinning.
Mark your calendars: The Australian Romance Readers are putting on a virtual reader’s conference, A Romantic Rendezvous: Locked Down, August 1-2. So if you’ve ever wanted to go to a reader’s conference or go to Australia, here’s your chance–all from the comfort of your own home.
Take a look at the schedule, but just know I am not going to … Read more »
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.
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 »
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 . . .
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
Vote. I don’t care who you vote for, (okay I do, but that isn’t up to me to … Read more »
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*
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 »
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.
Liza Palmer’s Monday Newsletter. I … Read more »
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 »
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.
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
How to Plot Your Novel in One Page
Because more books is never wrong. Am I right?
Here is a list of my … Read more »