February Update: All the latest which isn’t much.

I am still plodding along. Wish I could write faster but I have a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. Still on track for a late summer release.

I gave up all non-essential Internet for the month of January including signing out of all my social media. I suppose from a marketing standpoint that’s not a great approach but from a sanity standpoint it was brilliant. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to nuke my Twitter or what.

I also unsubscribed from all my discount and free book promotion sites. Who can resist cheap books? I can’t. I will probably cave and resubscribe eventually.

Last night a cat wandered into the garage while my husband was doing something. He went to the basement and the cat startled him and he yelled. Poor cat crawled under the bed and meowed pitifully while refusing to come out. I was down on my hands and knees making friendly, encouraging sounds but that cat wasn’t going anywhere.

We finally moved the bed and it shot out and zoomed back up the stairs and into the night. I did not recognize this one. I hope it found it’s way home.

That’s the update for now.

What Next?

As of May 2019, I’m not working on any new Crooked Rock books.

I’m going to take a short break and then work on some non-romance projects with Native characters and stories.

If you’d like to keep track of what I’m doing, my personal website is here and I occasionally tweet here.

Lovesick Braves Giveaway

If you’d like to be in the running for a free paperback of Lovesick Braves, click over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway.

This is an early view of the sunflowers. They are now all dried up and I keep thinking it’s time to pull them up but every time I look back there, I see birds going to town. The dead sunflowers remain for now.

Right now I’m on track to have Book #3 Still Untitled out in May 2018.

Back to work.

Paperback Available

Vendome Station, Montreal

Paperback is available! You can get it from Amazon. Or from Createspace. (Technically, still Amazon.) If you buy your books elsewhere you should be able to order using my name and the title. If you run into a problem, drop me a note and I will do my best to help.

I’ve got a Goodreads free book giveaway starting in a few days. I’ll link when it starts.

Book #2 Is Finally Live!

(but not paperback)

Yesterday was the official release day except I made an amateur error and it wasn’t available at all the main retailers until after I went to bed. Sorry if you were left hanging.

Here are the purchase links:

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Apple

I still haven’t checked a proof of the paperback and I don’t want to press the publish button until I make sure it looks okay. Probably a week — I will post here when it’s ready.

Here is the blurb:

The future of the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center remains uncertain.

Ester Parker has it under control. She’s committed to her work with tribal people, she manages an untrustworthy roommate, and on the side she’s developing the skills to go after a new love—filmmaking. If only she had the courage to approach her secret heartthrob.

Theo Dunn left rez life behind long ago. Now, he juggles jobs and sacrifices sleep, doing whatever it takes to finish college and make his family proud. When the irresistible Ester shows up at not one, but two, of his jobs, Theo finds himself frustratingly—and pleasantly—distracted. But the more he gets to know Ester and the crew at the urban Indian center, the less he sees a place for himself in that world.

Ester knows Theo is the one, but can she convince him that he needs her, too?

Book 1 is on a free promotion until the middle of the month:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo

Warning! Unresolved story issues continue into the next book. I’m working on it now.

Thanks for your support. Hope you enjoy the books.

Book #1 is Free

In case you missed it — Crooked Rock Book 1 Heartbeat Braves is free until the middle of the month.

Here’s the blurb:

There’s never a dull moment at the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center.

Rayanne Larson knows firsthand the struggles of native people. Working at Crooked Rock gives her the chance to do good work for Indians living in the city. She has high hopes for the Center’s progress until its new leader hands her special project over to his underachieving–and distractingly sexy–nephew.

Henry Grant’s life is going just fine. Though he knows rez life, he’s always been an urban Indian. He has no interest in the Indian Center job his uncle pushes on him. That is, until he meets Rayanne. She’s attractive and smart, and like no woman he has ever met.

Rayanne is determined to keep her distance but when the Center faces a crisis, the two of them are forced to work together and she can no longer ignore the sparks between them.

Download links:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo

Summer Bounty Recipe and Free Book Promo

Someone needs classes on foods photography.

This is a recipe I found in a cookbook or magazine at my mom’s. I thought I had the original source but I can’t find it so this will be my adaptation. I thought I had a lot more squash but this was the last of it. When I was in CA visiting family people gave me huge bags of squash to bring home.

This is my best tomato crop in eons. I’ve already harvested more than I’ve had in the last 3 years and there are tons more on the way. Lesson learned: get plants that were made to grow in your area.

Here’s the finished product which looks terrible. Sorry! It’s delicious. If you like vegetables, this is a keeper. Also if you’re the kind of cook who likes precise instructions, this will be a disappointment.

End of Summer Vegetable Bake

1-2 onions, thinly sliced
Selection of zucchini and/or squash that you’re trying to get rid of, thinly sliced. Tossed with olive oil and thyme.
Selection of tomatoes that you’re trying to get rid, thinly sliced OR 14 oz. can of fire-roasted tomatoes
7 oz. can of fire roasted green chiles
Half a loaf of cotija cheese or any cheese that turns your crank, grated or cubed or crumbled.

Cook in large lasagna type pan unless you’re making a small version. Then use small lasagna type pan.

Saute onions in oil until limp and a little bit brown. Spread in the bottom of your dish.

Spread squash in a layer over the onions.

If you’re using the canned tomatoes: combine with the green chiles, drain a little bit, and spread over the squash.

If you’re using fresh, spread the chiles around and then layer the sliced tomatoes.

Finally, spread the cheese over the top. Bake at 375 for an hour to 75 minutes and let cool for a bit before you serve.

The first time I made it I was worried because the cheese turned so brown but it tasted amazing. Great as leftovers, too.

It’s a very adaptable recipe. I’ve used every kind of cheese depending on what I had on hand. The original recipe doesn’t use the green chiles and uses Parmesan. You can use a couple of cans of Rotel instead of the tomatoes and chiles.

FREE BOOK PROMO — Heartbeat Braves is FREE right now. If you haven’t already read it or if you know a friend who might like it: now is the time.

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo

Lovesick Braves September 5th

Finally!

The manuscript is finished and I’m getting the details finalized.

Book 2: Lovesick Braves will be available on September 5th.

Book 2 is the story of Ester and super-hunk Theo who she worships from afar. The Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center continues to struggle and Arnie and Linda can’t stop insisting they’re “just friends.”

You can read Book 2 without having read Book 1, but I think you’re better off reading them in order. I’m going to do a free promotion on Book 1 soon. I’ll post more information as soon as I have it.

Official Release News Coming Soon

This was an early morning visitor last month.

The manuscript is finished and in the process of being finalized. I have a cover and a title to show you soon.

I’ve got a prequel story about Linda and Arnie for readers who like that sort of thing.

But first, I’m in a midst of a great summer and I’ve got a bunch of family stuff going on. So nothing is ready to go out the door yet.

Be patient. I’ll have it for you soon.

Berry Berry Good

This is my neighbor’s berry patch. It is so successful it hangs over into our yard. For some reason, he thinks this is an inconvenience to us. He encourages us to pick all we want. I picked a big giant bowl and I’m getting ready to bake a pie.

Book Two of the Crooked Rock books is finished. I have a week to tidy it up and smooth up the rough bits and then it goes to the editor. Still looking at a release date in September.