Friday, September 12, 2014

I Don’t Like To Say Good-Bye

The way I see it, I’d much rather be warm than cold any day. Sadly, the time has come all too soon to say good-bye to the short sweet days of our West Michigan summer and prepare for the long winter days ahead. Can you tell I’m not a native of the North? Nope, I hail from the Texas Hill Country but I’ve lived up here longer than I lived in Texas, so I’m not quite sure what that makes me. Tex-Mich, maybe? I love both states in totally different ways, but I’ve never been able to “love” long, snowy Michigan winters. However, the vivid colors of a Pure Michigan Fall season are a magnificent sight to see, rivaled only by the breathtaking fields of Texas bluebonnets in the spring. What’s a writer to do?

So far, my three published novels have been set in the Hill Country and my upcoming cozy mystery Joyful Noise series has a Texas setting, also. I’m thinking there must be a Michigan setting for a book somewhere in my imagination. Maybe there’ll even be a snowstorm. I’ve had plenty of up-close and personal experience with those events. A serious writer always keeps a folder full of ideas for future projects. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing the Joyful Noise cozies. Watch for Book #1, Bringing in the Thieves, to debut in November. 

For now, I’ll enjoy the crisp, cool days of Fall as I bid a fond farewell to the short, sunny days of Summer. It’s time to pull out all those delicious comfort food recipes to savor through the long, winter days. Here’s one you can easily prepare ahead so you have more time to write – or read!

Crock Pot Chicken & Noodles

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 stick oleo
2- 15 oz cans chicken broth
24 oz frozen egg noodles (usually found near bread dough)

1. Cook chicken, soup, butter and broth in crockpot on low for 6-7 hours.
2. Take chicken out and shred.
3. Put chicken back in crockpot.
4. Add noodles and cool on low for 2 more hours, stirring occasionally while cooking.

Now let's go see the other party guests!

Monday, September 8, 2014

BTB Tours - Operation: Genocide by Yvonne Walus

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 15, 2013
Length: 356 Pages

An inhuman agenda…
In 1982, Annette Pretorius lives a life of privilege afforded to those of European descent in South Africa, but when her husband is murdered, she discovers a shattering secret: he’d been commissioned by the whites-only South African government to develop a lethal virus aimed at controlling the growth of the black population–already oppressed under the cruel system of apartheid.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Small Towns With Big Stories

I’m blogging today about small towns and why I set my books in them. Some folks believe nothing interesting ever happens in small towns. Not true! I don’t know what those readers call interesting, but let me assure you, small towns can be fantastic fodder for all genres of fiction. Mysteries, hot romances, sweet romances, thrillers, romantic suspense...small towns can have it all. Sure, big cities have a larger scope, more places for mysteries and romances to occur. But I write about what is familiar to me. It’s easier and a lot of fun. I believe writing should be fun, as well as satisfying. I enjoy reading about big cities and foreign locales, historical as well as contemporary, but I’m much more comfortable writing about the small towns in my imagination.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG: Writing and Summer Porchin’ at the Lake – Windshield or Bug?

Lazy, summer days lounging on cushy, wicker furniture, watching boats skim across the lake and sipping iced tea . . . sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Enjoying the lifestyle of our Golden Years, right? Well, let me burst that bubble right away, folks. If you’re a writer who is multi-tasking-challenged, as I am, some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. That’s the way my life has been since Spring while my hubby and I do a lot of backin’ and forthin’ from our original homestead to our summer get-away an hour’s drive north. We’ve been doing this for thirty years, but when we were working full time and only went there for the weekend, I could easily plan for the Friday after work through Sunday afternoon holiday meals, clothes, etc. with no problem. Now that we’ve got more time than money, we’re free to stay as long as we want – which throws me off any sort of schedule I try to make and that leads to chaos when planning what clothes to pack, what meals to plan, which dental and medical appointments to keep (an hour plus drive back into town), keeping up with family events, trying to fit in a critique session once in a while with my fab crit partners and - oh yeah, drying out the rain damage for the second time in my office (which is now located in the dining room). Finishing my second contracted cozy mystery has become a challenge x2. Those are the ‟bug” times, know what I mean?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop - Week 3!

Hi Y'All and Happy Friday - We're into the third week of the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop! This week the hop is co-hosted with author MJ Schiller. Please #FF me on Twitter with @LLillibridge. Today I'll be sharing some crispy Southern Fried Chicken and a little bit about Nancy Gideon's {writing as Dana Ransom} LOVE'S OWN REWARD - Please #FF Nancy at @NancyGideon!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop - Week 2!

Hi Y'All and Happy Friday - We're into the second week of the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop! This week the hop is co-hosted with author MJ Schiller. Please #FF me on Twitter with @LLillibridge. Today I'll be sharing my recipe for Mama's No Cook Banana Pudding and a little bit about my book ALL THAT MATTERS!