Researching trees!

I’m planning  a stop on my vacation to the town I mention in Stealing Hope. It’s a small town in the mountains of Colorado. Ignacius. I have to convince my husband however! He doesn’t want to stop there. It’s too far out of the way from where we plan on going. I don’t think it’s that far!

In the mean time, I’m researching local trees so my heroine, Faith knows how each tree can help.

Boxelder (I have one of these in my yard!)

This maple of the plains provides sap suitable for making maple syrup. The syrup made from boxelder is  not as sweet as the sugar from the true sugar maple.

I have been warned about sticking a tap into our tree, lol. We’ll see! They seen to be home to lots of these pests. So it’s not my favorite tree!

Chokecherry

When ripe, they are tolerable eating, somewhat astringent. Ordinarily so abundant that it constitutes a large portion of the vegetable food of both Indians and white trappers who visit these regions.

Chokecherry jelly

Ingredients:

3 cups prepared chokecherry juice (about 5 pounds chokecherries)

¼ cup lemon juice

1 package (1.75 ounces or 3 1/12 tablespoons) powdered pectin

4 ½ cups sugar

Directions:

  1. Wash chokecherries. Do not pit. Mash thoroughly.
  2. Put cherries in a large pot and stir in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Extract juices by placing a cone-shaped sieve or a colander over a large bowl or pot. Spread three layers damp cheesecloth or jelly bag inside sieve or colander. Then, pour in hot prepared fruit. Tie cheesecloth top or close bag and let the fruit drip into the bowl or pot until dripping stops. Press gently. (Strain two or three more times for extra clear jelly.) Measure juice. If necessary, add up to ½ cup water for exact measure.
  4. Meanwhile, to prepare mason jars, place them on the canner rack and submerge in boiling water for 10 minutes. Place new, flat lids in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use.
  5. Measure prepared fruit juice and lemon juice in a 6- to 8-quart pot. Measure sugar and set aside in another bowl. Add pectin to juice mixture, and stir thoroughly.
  6. Place pot with juice mixture over high heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching as the juice comes to a full roiling boil (a boil that does not stop when stirred). If mixture starts to scorch, reduce heat to medium heat.
  7. Stir in sugar, mixing well. To minimize foaming, add ¼ teaspoon butter. Bring to a full roiling boil again, stirring constantly. Continue to boil 2 minutes (1 minute, if using Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin). Remove pot from heat, and skim off any foam with a tablespoon.
  8. Pull jelly jars from the canner, and place on counter. With a funnel, fill each jar to a quarter inch from the rim. Wipe the rim with a clean, damp cloth and place lid. Twist on band just to resistance — not tightly.
  9. Bring canner water to a boil, and place filled and capped jelly jars on the rack. Submerge for 10 minutes in the hot water bath.
  10. Carefully remove the jars and let them set up in a cool, dry place.

Yield: 6 8-ounce jars jelly

Source: MCP Pectin

Of course you have to know how to make sure you actually found a chokecherry tree!

Buzzel has a good article to do so. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-identify-a-chokecherry-tree-easily.html

Quaking Aspen

Aspen   bark   contains   salicin,   a   chemical   closely related to aspirin, and the bark was used by Indians and pioneers to treat fevers.

It was also used as a diuretic, eczemas, wormer, an anti-rheumatic drug, disinfectant, and antiseptic.

There are tons of plants and trees around us that we no longer use in our world. We’ve become dependent on the newest latest drugs, pre-made food and drinks. If we open our eyes and learn about our world, how much better off would we be?

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Come listen to me!

Radio announcementI’m going to be on a radio show which will then be downloaded to a podcast! Cool, huh?

The host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio Show can vary, but is usually Debra Parmley of Reader’s Entertainment and Circle of Seven Tuesday  8:30PM EST.

THAT’S ME TODAY! Squee!

I’ll be on today at 8:30pm Eastern time so 7:30 central time.

www.blogtalkradio.com/Circle-of-Seven/

I’ll be showing you a bit about my upcoming book A Sailor’s Delight. I know, I know, there are no dragons in it. BUT you can call in or chat on the chat board. Isn’t that awesome?

You can go to www.blogtalkradio.com/Circle-of-Seven to listen, call in or chat on our chat board. You can also come back an hour after the show and download the podcast from that site!

I can read the chats even after the show is over!

I’ll also be at a Facebook par-tay at 600 EST/ 700 Central. And, oh yeah, this one’s PARANORMAL! One of my friends is releasing a new bear (not bare, lol) book. Well, this one is actually a werewolf, but the rest of the series stars bear shifters.

So stop in all day, but don’t miss me!

https://www.facebook.com/events/500519206826018/

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Don’t forget to come meet me at MBLU!

MBLU

 

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Nailed it!

I’ve been out and about. A Weekend with the Authors is done!

I finished the project I was working on for there. My dragon hoard! Here is different stages to make the sock dragon. I found the project on Pinterest. There was no way I wasn’t making it once I found it. I made eight of these babies! Here is the picture from Pinterest and the link to the project. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/429530883185444746/ 

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Such fun, but I really wanted mine to shine! Did I succeed? dragon horde beginning 1 Dragon horde beginning

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I’m only sad I forgot to take a picture of the completed dragon horde!

I hand sewed these except for the body. Part of Stealing Hope involves repairing ripped clothing-for various reasons!

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I’ll be travelling! Come and meet me!

Weekend

In May I’ll be in Tennessee! Join me at A Weekend with the Authors.

Registration is available. Just head over to the website below. If you’re local the book signing is 3-6 pm on Saturday!

http://www.aweekendwiththeauthors.com/

I’ll have the following three available in print for autographing with me for all events. Hopefully more! It just depends on how fast I write!

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On June 25, July 23rd, and August 27 I’ll be doing book signings in Beaver Dam WI.

This event is free to attend! Well, if you want a coffee you have to pay for it.

I’ve arranged a multi author event for those three days for Wisconsin authors. Yes, I’m sharing the spotlight! It gives me someone to talk to just in case no one shows up!

We’ll be reading excerpts and chapters from our books in the coffee shop, signing and selling autographed copies of our books and mingling.

Coffee and Books! What could be better?

Badger State Author Event

The Badger State Author Event is scheduled for Saturday August 13th, 2016. This event will take place at the Marriott West Hotel located in Madison, WI.The event will start at 9 am – 12 pm followed by a 2 hour lunch break and will resume at 2 pm – 5 pm.Tickets will be sold online starting in March 2016.

1313 John Q Hammons Drive Middleton, WI 53562 USA

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/badger-state-author-event-tickets-20509608792?aff=eac2

MBLU

** READER REGISTRATION OPEN **

Reader registration is open for ‪#‎MBLU2016‬. Save $50 by registering before July 1!!!!

http://www.midwesternbookloversunite.com

I’ll be here at the Mall of America in October! Head on over to visit if you’re in the area. The book signing is free to come meet me. If you want to come for the whole weekend, play and get to know lots of authors (50) sign up!

The website gives more information. It really is a fun time. Not to mention the mall is there to spend the rest of your time at.

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Stealing Hope by Beverly Ovalle

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The apocalypse has come and gone.
Those who survived learned to adapt.
Dragons awaken to once again reign over the skies.

Upon eruption of a volcano, Ari awakens to a changed world, and a knowing that his dragon’s mate is near. He saves her twice—once as a dragon, and again as a man—and wins her confidence.

Hope cried out, moaning, “just change me with pleasure?”

Hope is restless and unfulfilled until she meets Ari, the man of her fantasies. The sensual tension between them heightens with every touch. When their passion explodes, Hope gets pulled into the dragon’s mating ritual…and into a world of erotic sensation she never dreamed existed but now cannot live without. The dragon binds his mate to him with a ritual that shows Hope her true nature in this humorous erotic romance.

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Trying to help her large family survive, Hope sets out to check her traps…

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Help the Bees!

Plant thisThis will probably crop up in one of my books, lol. My husband knows someone who makes honey, so I’ll try to get a tour and info. Honey would be the easiest way to sweeten things once the ability to process sugar and transportation is no longer available.

So I need to find out firsthand how to build a hive. I already have crocus, poppies, snowdrops, and heliotrope that grow wild in my yard. I’ll have to plant a few more to see if I get more bees. I won’t become a bee keeper but I think it would be interesting to know how.

Each of my dragon’s mates need to know something to contribute to their lives before the dragons. Something that can lead to problems for them. I can imagine lots going wrong with bee keeping. Maybe this will be the topic for Saving Grace. Not sure yet, but it is interesting.

Stealing Hope has hunting/trapping.

Finding Faith is fishing. My uncle is a huge fisherman so I want to learn how to make fishing flies. Getting down to Illinois when I can and he is there doesn’t always work, lol. Busy lives!  It may not play a huge part of the story, but it makes it seem more real when I write when I know how something works, even if I don’t describe it in detail.

Writing sure helps me learn all sorts of different things.

Stealing HopeAvailable at Amazon

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Dragons to give away!

I’m having an Amazon Giveaway!

Dragons’ Mate

They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. 

Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? 

Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?

Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.

Just click the link and follow my author page to enter!

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