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Huckleberry Pie by Jennifer Beckstrand

If you live on Huckleberry Hill, you eat a lot of huckleberries. Here is a sweet, mild recipe for huckleberry pie from my friend Lori Peterson.

2 T cornstarch
2 T flour
1/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 quart bottled huckleberries

Separate huckleberries from juice. Mix cornstarch and flour with a little portion of the huckleberry juice. On medium heat, heat remaining juice from the huckleberries in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and salt then the cornstarch mixture. Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and add huckleberries. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Add top crust and cut slits to vent.

Bake 375 for 40-50 minutes.

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A Conversation with Alanis Morissette

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Are you a highly sensitive person?

Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you “too shy” or “too sensitive” according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it’s a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist, workshop leader and highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations. Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life.

In The Highly Sensitive Person,  you will discover:
Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivities
Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process
Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships
Tips on how to deal with overarousal
Information on medications and when to seek help
Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit

The Life She Was Given


The Life She Was Givenby Ellen Marie Wiseman

Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
4.5 Stars

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Christmas . . . and #Cats

From the Pen of Mae Clair

cute black cat poking out of plastic bag on bedThis is our second year with Raven, my beautiful rescue cat. Look at that face. Pretty hard to be miffed at anything that cute, right?

Last December she was seven months old and filled with curiosity. That led her to camp out in the smaller of my two Christmas trees, sprawling on the branches, and stealing at least a dozen Christmas ornaments. Every morning I’d find sparkly blue and silver balls on the floor or tucked away under the couch. Clever little thing did most of her “hunting” at night.

Because the smaller tree goes in our bow window—one of her favorite hangouts—we decided to forego it this year and just use our larger tree in the family room. She didn’t bother the larger tree last year, so we figured we were in the clear.


A cat never outgrows curiosity.

The tree wasn’t trimmed more than ten minutes when…

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Review – That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape

The Book's the Thing

That Olde White Magick (An Abracadabra Mystery, #2)Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even…

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Happy Anniversary, Dorothy!

Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of my first novel.  It was an historical romance published by Kensington.

The novel was  titled Defiant Enchantress.  I wrote it with a pencil on notebook paper, then typed it on a typewriter while juggling a full time job and raising children—usually alone, since my husband was in the military and gone most of the time. I went on to sell more historical romances, most under my pen name Judith Stacy.  I returned to Kensington with the Haley Randolph cozy mystery series.

A look at my 42 year career:

–I wrote my first book with absolutely no training.  I’d never been to a writing class, conference, or workshop.  I didn’t know they existed. I knew nothing about the publishing industry.  I was working full time at a demanding job, had two young children, and a husband in the military who was gone most of the time.

–This was the pre-internet, pre-computer days.  I did my research in the library.  I wrote with a pencil on notebook paper, then typed the manuscript on a typewriter.

–After nine disheartening rejections, my book sold to Kensington.  It was a historical romance the editor titled Defiant Enchantress.  Due to a printing error, another author’s name appeared on the front cover.  I was dismayed but not discouraged.  I decided that book would someday become a collector’s item.

–Kensington rejected my next manuscript.  So did every other editor and agent I submitted it to. Continue reading “Happy Anniversary, Dorothy!”

Playing To Win: Brits In Manhattan #2 by Laura Carter

ON SALE 2/20/2018

“Carter’s writing style is absolutely brilliant.” —The Romance Reviews

A high-intensity personal trainer

The secret to Brooks’ success as a Manhattan gym owner? Being motivated to disprove everyone who doubted him long ago. He’s not about to let a perky newcomer like Izzy tarnish his reputation. Even if watching her lead a salsa class on his premises is fuel for some very unprofessional fantasies . . .

His beautiful British rival

Every time Izzy slams Brooks in her fitness blog, her book sales soar. But when their escalating media feud forces them to be up-close-and-personal for two weeks, she realizes there’s much more to Brooks than that incredible body.

And a competition that’s got their hearts racing…

Soon Izzy and Brooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to work up a sweat. A passionate workout is easy, but can their rivalry give way to a lasting partnership?


Laura Carter is the bestselling author of the Vengeful Love series. She writes from her beach home in the Caribbean where she lives with her husband and (gorgeous) dog. She loves all things romance, including paper hearts, flowers, chocolates and champagne (not necessarily in that order). If she isn’t writing or hanging around on social media, you can probably find her watching a romcom with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. Please visit her at


Be Mine, Sweetheart by Codi Gary

Codi Gary | 9781516102334  | EL/EPUB | 8/14/2018 | EL | $3.99 $3.99 | Kensington; Lyrical Shine


Sweetheart, California’s Something Borrowed provides celebrity weddings with bridesmaids and groomsmen for hire . . . but once in a while what’s purely business becomes the best kind of personal.
Kelly Barrow, the founder of Something Borrowed, didn’t get the happily ever after she counted on, but she considers herself fortunate anyway. After all, she has a thriving business and a loving family and friends. Yet ten years after her heartbreak, surrounded by couples in love, she knows it’s time to move on—and the gorgeous actor who hires her for his sister’s wedding seems like the perfect opportunity. There’s just one problem. Her best friend and legal counsel, Christian Ryan, keeps getting in her way . . .

Chris has been a shoulder to lean on since they were kids, and Kelly never expected him to interfere in her dating life. She doesn’t realize that over the years, Chris’s feelings have grown beyond friendship. The timing just never seemed right—until now. And as the two of them work through the wedding’s inevitable surprises and disasters, Kelly begins to wonder if she’s been looking for love in the exact wrong place . . .
Praise for Don’t Call Me Sweetheart
“Packed with laugh-out loud moments balanced by emotion that rings true.”
–RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

“Flirty, fun, and fabulous!”
—Bestselling author Candis Terry

“Fun, lighthearted, and full of emotion. You can’t help but smile while reading Cody Gary.”
—K.M. Jackson, author of The Unconventional Brides Romance series

“Codi Gary is the queen of romance. She’ll make you fall head over heels.”
—T.J. Kline, author of the Healing Harts series

My Pet Tag: Bigg (aka Bigmouth)


I was tagged by Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll

I have been tagged various times, but this is the first one I have done. My dog means so much to me, especially over the last year, so I thought it was a great opportunity to share him with you.

1. What is your pets name? This is Bigg. His real name is BigMouth named by my son when he was 16, but I refused to  call him that, so it became Bigg for short.

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed? He is a Jack Russell. In case you did not know, all Jack Russells do not look like Eddie from Frasier. There are long legged and stubby legged, Bigg is long legged. There are smooth hair and curly hair, Bigg is smooth. He is also almost white. He has dark spots on his skin, so when he is…

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