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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!
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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!
Don’t forget to come meet me at MBLU!
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/
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!
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!
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!
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?
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
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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.
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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This 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.
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