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“Intense, steamy, suspenseful, emotional and romantic.” 5-STAR Goodreads review.

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“A fresh rom-com with small-town charm and sparkling main characters.” -Kirkus

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Growing up on Aphrodite Lane taught these sisters some life lessons: Revenge is best served with redemption on top.

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Will love be on their Christmas Lists?

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The blockbuster conclusion to the bestselling Sunshine Vicram trilogy

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She isn’t the only one looking for a fresh start…

Leona Olson

I am a mother and grandmother. I do needlework, genealogy and book reviews.

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377 comments posted.

Re: The Summer Cottage (11:16am March 28, 2019):

Loved the Bob Newhart comment in the book. The last of the
snow melted yesterday on my front deck so I look forward to
reading outside in another month.

Re: A Lord Apart (11:05am March 28, 2019):

Last year I was able to visit the hometown of my grandparents
in Northern Italy. I have been doing genealogy for years and
want to pass this history to my children.

Re: The Conspiracy (9:55am January 29, 2019):

Curious as to how many places you visit for the research. I
like to read historical fiction so I can also "travel" to
these places.
I just downloaded The Outlaw Ghost and really liked it.
Thanks for the short read.

Re: Beyond Risk (11:05am January 28, 2019):

These kids will never forget the education they are getting. A great idea.

Re: Beyond Danger (12:01pm January 31, 2018):

Mine would be a family cruise to Europe which we are now planning.

Re: These Healing Hills (5:56pm September 17, 2017):

Thank you for the history. What an inspiring post.

Re: On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (11:42am August 9, 2017):

My kind of read. I love the covers.

Re: Chime and Punishment (11:40am August 9, 2017):

I look forward to reading Chime and Punishment. My first thought of a clock when I read this is Big Ben.

Re: Denying the Duke (7:46am July 20, 2017):

My favorite reads are historical fiction. I agree on getting the information correct.

Re: The Strawberry Hearts Diner (7:37am July 20, 2017):

I like chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy.

Re: A New Leash on Love (2:44pm July 13, 2017):

My daughter has a rescue dog. Taz fit right into the family. I take care of their dogs when they are gone.

Re: Last Chance Cowboys: The Outlaw (1:32pm July 8, 2017):

James Bond

Re: Her Outback Cowboy (9:19am June 28, 2017):

I never made it to the Outback but I have been to Australia two times. Keep writing and exploring.

Re: Killer Characters (6:55pm May 22, 2017):

The Bayside Book Writer's Group caught my eye. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Doctor?s Dilemma (11:10am March 22, 2017):

As I am reading this, I remembered Frank G. Slaughter who was a
doctor as well as an author and one of my favorite authors. I
have added you to my list of new authors (to me) to read.

Re: Roux the Day (4:11pm March 13, 2017):

With the romance and friction, this sounds like a great
Hallmark Channel movie.

Re: Pekoe Most Poison (3:58pm March 13, 2017):

I could not find any information about "rat tea" parties in the
internet. I have been to New Orleans and to Savannah but not
Charleston. I have enjoyed your books and look forward to
reading more of them.

Re: For Deader or Worse (3:43pm March 13, 2017):

I like the marriage in books in most cases. If the books
continue in a series, I like to read a stand alone but include
the characters from the previous book(s).

Re: Talk Cowboy to Me (8:09am March 10, 2017):

I meant to add today, March 10 is Chuck Norris' birthday.

Re: Talk Cowboy to Me (8:04am March 10, 2017):

I liked the series, Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris. I
read he was born in Oklahoma but that is close to Texas. My
father was born in Oklahoma but he was Texan where his home

Re: Girl in Disguise (9:25am March 8, 2017):

I would say President George Washington for first president
because we have a president in the United States instead of a

Re: When Water Was Everywhere (10:19am February 24, 2017):

Because I have been able to travel to many parts of the
world, I like any book that places me where I have visited.
It is always great to be able to picture the area as I
remember it.

Re: Restoring Christmas (9:41am November 21, 2016):

Have you had any books on the Hallmark Channel yet?

Re: Hold Your Breath (7:11am October 11, 2016):

Do you have that pad of paper and a pen next to your bed so if
you get an idea in the middle of the night, you can write it
down on the paper?

Re: Parchment and Old Lace (6:57am October 11, 2016):

I also love New Orleans with so much history and mystery.

Re: Putting on the Witch (6:54am October 11, 2016):

I love to see the kids in their costumes. What a nice picture
of Joyce and Jim.

Re: The Witch and the Dead (6:51am October 11, 2016):

Mine would be to meet a grandmother.

Re: A Love Made New (9:38am September 21, 2016):

On my couch or outside at my picnic table where I can see
the lake and birds.

Re: A Cowboy Christmas Miracle (9:39am September 7, 2016):

I read them all year.

Re: My Wild Irish Dragon (8:15am September 2, 2016):

Great post. I look forward to reading your book.

Re: When a Marquis Chooses a Bride (8:33am September 1, 2016):

Living on a sailboat; what a wonderful experience.

Re: Highland Deception (5:44pm August 31, 2016):

I also like the Happily Ever Afters. Nice post.

Re: Title Wave (8:56am June 23, 2016):

Great interview. I was surprised the antique setting was not
popular; I personally like them.

Re: Within A Captain's Treasure (8:46am May 25, 2016):

"Magical stories to sweep us away to other lands, other
I think this is why we love reading.

Re: Irish Stewed (9:54am May 17, 2016):

I love the title. I never made it to Ireland but love to read
about it. I ate Italian, my mother, and Daddy was from Oklahoma
so beans were on the menu. Christmas is now Scandinavian as my
husband's family is from Sweden and Norway.

Re: Killer Kale Chips (9:49am May 17, 2016):

I live on a lake and see geese, ducks, turtles and we also have
eagles in our area. I like your pictures.

Re: Murder at Lambswool Farm (9:03pm May 16, 2016):

Electricity. My step-father's grandmother was standing in water
next to her laundry and she was shocked as she pulled the chain
of the light. I was about 9 at the time and helped her to speak

Re: A Useful Woman (8:30pm May 2, 2016):

Sounds like you have done a lot of research. I agree on the

Re: Seams Like Murder (8:26pm May 2, 2016):

Love your post. I crochet and have added your books to my TBR

Re: Close To You (4:56pm May 1, 2016):

My book shelves are chocka.
I have been to both islands of New Zealand two times and
loved it.

Re: Hold Your Breath (9:49am April 25, 2016):

Some drink that has chocolate.

Re: The Real Thing (4:24pm April 10, 2016):

A story about boots. I am from West Texas and married a
Minnesotan. I once asked for boots and he said "fur lined?'
and I said "cowboy boots?"
I look forward to reading your books.

Re: Furious (12:12pm April 10, 2016):

Great job on sticking with your passion.

Re: Wanting More (9:03am March 30, 2016):

Happy Birthday. Enjoy the kids, they grow too fast. My mother
said after she got older and no kids at home, "the dust can
wait, I am going fishing" and she did.

Re: Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna (11:02am March 22, 2016):

I have not read your books yet but definitely on my on my TBR
list for authors. I love historical and your books seem to be
so interesting.

Re: My Tempting Highlander (3:21pm March 8, 2016):

Probably the 1500s to Italy so I can find out more about my
ancestor, Titian Vecellio and his family.

Re: London Tides (3:11pm March 8, 2016):

I hope the characters are "real" with a sincere caring for

Re: Island Hope (3:08pm March 8, 2016):

When I first read this, Dean Cain in the movie Operation
Cupcake entered my mind. He had to change and adapt. A hero
is, for one thing, a man who puts his family first.

Re: A Father's Second Chance (2:12pm March 5, 2016):

I also like clean books with love. I read a book last year
and there were personal comments they made to each other and
others did not know what they meant. Not sexual but sweet.

Re: An Amish Market (8:21am March 1, 2016):

My husband had myasthenia gravis, a neurological disease,
and they do a yearly seminar that includes s silent
auction. I donate some books I win from sites like
FreshFiction. This year I also donated a set of pillowcases
I hand embroidered. We do not have Amish in my area.

Re: An Amish Market (5:11pm February 26, 2016):

Am addition to my remarks. I met him in El Paso, he was at
Fort Bliss and I was at Hotel Dieu for nursing school.

Re: An Amish Market (5:08pm February 26, 2016):

A husband is one who loves you with actions and not just
words. Treasure those little moments as you will miss him
when he is gone. For his prayer card, I found a picture of a
rose he had planted and I had it in my files. I will tell my
daughter, I want the one she took of us walking and holding
hands on my prayer card. I never minded going to the doctors
with him as he did not mind taking me to mine. I have liked
the Amish books. One I have is Amish recipes and I thought
they would be different, but same that we cook and bake as
most religions and cultures.

Re: Temper (9:23am February 26, 2016):

Yesterday at the prayer shawl group meeting someone said she
liked Belgian chocolate. I like to spend some time crocheting.

Re: Through the Veil (8:47am February 26, 2016):

Your post took me to Brigadoon. We traveled all over the world
but never made it to Ireland so I read about it. Thank you for
your family's military service. I have added you to my TBR list
of authors. I am in Minnesota so we are neighbors.

Re: The Cowboy's Bride Collection (10:58am February 16, 2016):

My step-father who raised me. When we moved from California to
West Texas, Monahans, we saw flames from the oil fields. He
told us that is how the cowboys light their cigarettes and we
believed him.
Loved John Wayne.

Re: Forever Dusk (10:49am February 16, 2016):

I think the love of ones you love.

Re: Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna (10:43am February 16, 2016):

What a trip. I never made it to these caves but have been in
many around the world. Your books must be full of imagination
and I look forward to reading them.

Re: A Familiar Tail (10:33am February 16, 2016):

Cats have their own personality. My daughter was talking about
the family cat, Trouble, who we lost when she was 18 years old
and her cat, Charcoal, who we list at the age of 22 yesterday.
Books with animals are always are extra special.

Re: A Whisker of Trouble (10:17am February 16, 2016):

I love books that are based in Maine. Your book sounds great.
Yesterday, Goodwill had 50% off and my daughter went to a lot
of them. I got needlework and yarn and books. My daughter got
some dishes and wine glasses for her brother-in-law's Groom's

Re: The Grim Steeper (10:08am February 16, 2016):

This is why I read FreshFiction so I can find new authors to
me. You listed the reasons I love to read a cozy mystery. I
agree a cup of tea or a glass of wine goes great with the
books. A suggestion: Goodwill always has such pretty teacups
people have donated. We used some this past Christmas to make
teacup candles. The ideas came from Pinterest. I look forward
to reading your books.

Re: The Improper Bride (9:53am February 16, 2016):

I once read a book that said "He got up from the table and
bussed her". It was English and meant "kissed". Love these
tidbits. I look froward to reading your book.

Re: A Father's Second Chance (11:20am February 5, 2016):

Passionate about family. I do genealogy and am trying to do
more research so my children and grandchildren know about their
family. Love Julia Child.

Re: Surf Shop Sisters (12:30pm January 30, 2016):

I remember that library and was so sad when the tore it down.
I will have to looks for your writings and hers.

Re: Hallowed Ground (9:24am January 27, 2016):

I want to thank both of you, and your kids, for service to
our country.

Re: Rustler's Moon (9:18am January 27, 2016):

I have added you to my TBR list of authors. I am from a
small West Texas town, Monahans and love Texas stories. If a
story has a museum, it always gets my attention.

Re: One Foot in the Grove (1:55pm January 25, 2016):

We do not have to wonder what you do in your spare time.
Thanks for loving all of God's creatures. I have not read your
books yet but sure some animals must be in them.

Re: The Peacock Throne (7:57am January 22, 2016):

I think this is the reason there are so many books written
that are contemporary. I personally love the historical
fiction and these books often take me to the Internet to do
research. Best to you and your husband on your home missions

Re: Loving Her Crazy (7:37am January 21, 2016):

Venice. I love this city.

Re: Montana Wild (10:35am January 20, 2016):

My move was from a small West Texas town, Monahans, to
Minneapolis after my husband (who was from Minnesota) was out
of the Army. It was an experience with the size of the area
and also the weather. I still miss West Texas and especially
the weather.

Re: Heir To The Duke (10:27am January 20, 2016):

My kids and also my grandkids tell me something and I
believe them. They say I am "so easy" to tease. One example
is I have embroidered a set of dishtowels for a college
granddaughter and she said I spelled one month wrong and I
believed her; it was fine. Her mother is the youngest of my
5 kids; she has 4 brothers and some stories.
I bet you had fun writing this part of the book.
Thanks for the great start to the morning.

Re: Once Upon a True Love's Kiss (11:25am January 6, 2016):

Great post. I always like to know about the authors I read.
Liked : Alanna: The world is a book and those who do not
travel read only one page. – Saint Augustine
I have been fortunate enough to do a lot of travel and books
that return me are at the top of my lists.

Re: Ghost in the Wind (8:21am January 5, 2016):

Your books sound interesting and I really like the titles.
Nice memories with your kids.

Re: The Iced Princess (8:16am January 5, 2016):

I picked up a folder at my library in North Branch that has
a list of Minnesota authors. One of my challenges this year
is to read from this list. I have added you to my TBR list
and look forward to reading your books.

Re: Here Today, Gone Tamale (8:10am January 5, 2016):

I am from West Texas, and reading this makes me homesick. I
make Mexican food and always love new recipes. Yesterday, I
cooked some hamburger so I could make a taco salad today. I
have already added this to my TBR list.

Re: Murder Most Howl (8:02am January 5, 2016):

Yes, Max is my granddaughter's Golden. He is 10 years old
but nobody has told him that so he thinks he about 2 years
They adopted a rescue dog but not sure what Taz is. He has
adjusted to the family quite well. Yesterday, I was at
their house and was petting Taz; he could sit for hours
while someone pets him.
They are my animals as I do not have any now.
I love animals in stories. These are "feel good" books.
I have added you to my TBR list foe sure. Thanks
for the info.

Re: Taken by the Highlander (9:24pm December 30, 2015):

I will be at home.

Re: Divorced, Desperate, and Daring (8:43am December 21, 2015):

My son suggested I keep a can of wasp spray handy. It shoots
straight into the eyes he said.

Re: Murder at Whitehall (8:35am December 21, 2015):

How interesting. I love to read historical books and look
forward to reading this one. I guess I do not have a
favorite wife of the king but seem to always have an
interest with any historical character that has the name
Catherine or Joan.

Re: Justified (11:02am December 19, 2015):

Love all the stories. I make ginger cutout cookies each year.
I use a very small gingerbread man cutter and get about 40
cookies to a sheet so it takes time. I also make rosettes
each year. When our kids were small we made cookies as a
family. I am from West Texas and have a granddaughter that
goes to TCU. I live in Minnesota now but once a Texan, always
a Texan. Merry Christmas.

Re: Deadlock (7:45am December 17, 2015):

Having my children around me. Creative poem and cute Merry

Re: A Skeleton in the Family (8:49pm December 15, 2015):

After losing my husband this year, I have found audio books
are good for me in the car. My drives into Minneapolis are
about an hour each way and when I used to read in the car, I
now listen. I am in my late 70s and still refer to my late
parents as Mama and Daddy. I understand your closeness and
feel for your loss. If I were ever to write a book, I would
also want my mother, aunts and now granddaughter to be able
to read it without bad language. Look forward to reading and
listening to your books.

Re: Pouncing on Murder (9:12am December 14, 2015):

I like novels like this because I usually learn something.
Our neighbors up the road tap their trees. Years ago we had
a bad storm and they lost one of their big trees. I like to
see the tapping as it means Spring is coming. I also took
Geology and majored in Anthropology so I know what you mean
about a degree but still glad I did it and I am sure you are
also. Looking forward to your book.

Re: Mark of the Leopard (3:40pm December 13, 2015):

This a second message. After I posted this morning I saw the
program, Land of the Lemurs of Madagascar on the NatGeoWild
channel. I never knew there were so many kinds. Interesting

Re: Mark of the Leopard (8:15am December 13, 2015):

This sounds like a good historical read. I know very little
about Madagascar and always like to learn.

Re: Love, Dogs And Other Catastrophes (7:31am December 11, 2015):

Sydney is such a beautiful city. Animals always seem to add
to the story and I love it when the owners talk to them like
they will answer. Happy this year that all my children and
grandchildren are doing good. Best to you on your book.

Re: Carry Me Home (7:24am December 11, 2015):

No Aussie hero I can say offhand. I have been to Australia
twice and had wonderful trips. I have added your book to my
TBR list and thanks for a clean romance. Many years ago, I
read The Southern Cross but do not remember the author.

Re: Somewhere in Time (9:16am December 6, 2015):

I have not yet read your book but will add to my TBR list. I
like the "family is everything".

Re: A Memory Away (9:10am December 6, 2015):

This book sounds like a sweet story. Appreciate the lessons
on the wine.

Re: The Witch's Market (3:21pm December 5, 2015):

This book sounds so interesting. You mentioned calligraphy
in your post and reminded me of the calligraphy brushes I
bought in China a long time ago. Maybe I need to find them.
I am adding your books to my TBR list. I have also been to
the Canary Islands and love to read books that have places
I have visited.

Re: Malibu Secrets (3:14pm December 5, 2015):

I love it and I am sure he does also. Best to you.

Re: The Thorn Bearer (2:51pm December 2, 2015):

I go to Goodwill and have found some great books. After I read
them, I re-donate to Goodwill and also to my local library. I
recently found The Secret Garden and I enjoyed the read. Your
interest for this time era of the war is great and best to you.

Re: How To Seduce A Scot (11:39am December 2, 2015):

I do like Jamie from Outlander. Interesting bit of history they
traded with Nova Scotia. I need to read about Alexander and
Robert and so have added to my TBR list.

Re: The Highlander's Accidental Marriage (10:01pm December 1, 2015):

Quite a bit of history in your post. I have been to Scotland
and enjoyed the trip. I went to see "Nessie" but no show that
day. I am adding your book (s) to my TBR list.

Re: Here Today, Gone Tamale (9:54pm December 1, 2015):

(This is a re-post, I posted on another area)
I am living in Minnesota waiting for the snow to come and I
really homesick now. I have been to this area so many times
a kid and have taken my kids and grandkids to this area. I
from Monahans. We used to say Chili Today and Hot Tamale.
to you on your book.
(Leona Olson 1:43pm yesterday)

Re: The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (1:51pm November 30, 2015):

I am glad you have found what caused your problems. I will add
your books to my TBR list. We had live oak trees at our home
when we lived in Round Rock and your description of the tree-
lined street reminded me of them.

Re: Murder Under the Mistletoe (10:30am November 19, 2015):

Talking and seeing my adult children and my grandchildren.

Re: A Gentleman for All Seasons (10:08am November 15, 2015):

I love to read about the history of the time era. I took
picture of needlework tools on the table in a manor house in
England one time as I do needlework and was impressed.

Re: Shattered Pieces (10:01am November 15, 2015):

I am from West Texas and married a Minnesotan. It took years
before I believed that the lakes really do freeze over in the
winter. I live in central Minnesota and also on a lake. Best to
you and your writings.

Re: Beyond The Cherokee Trail (10:32am October 31, 2015):

I have been fortunate to travel all over the world and have
visited many historical sites. I have been doing some
research on Celtic bracelets lately and love your story.
Ireland never made my list so I read about it.

Re: Touching Fate (8:23am October 15, 2015):

You have had some experiences as a child. I found The Secret
Garden at Goodwill recently. I have seen the movies many times
but not sure if I have read the book. Your book sounds

Re: Love Somebody Like You (10:45am October 1, 2015):

Love Country Music. Love your list of songs.

Re: The Summer Marked (9:13am September 24, 2015):

I am glad to know someone else reads the ending or checks
several chapters ahead also. I sometimes check to see of
someone has not died for example. I do finish the book and
it does not ruin it for me. I re-watch movies and re-read
books. I sent the author a book review I did and thanked her
for not killing off a character. She did reply to me. He
was not a main character but I thought important.

Re: Madeleine Is Sleeping (9:03am September 24, 2015):

I prefer vanilla but chocolate is a close second. Interesting
idea for a book.

Re: Witches Don't Back Down (5:44pm September 10, 2015):

Sounds like a fast moving book. Love the dogs on the cover.

Re: Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter (12:40pm September 7, 2015):

I told my kids that of you tell a lie, it is hard to remember
what you said. You can remember the truth.
Your post reminded me of my father making a deal with a
handshake. I was raised in West Texas and that is how they did it
then; I remember him telling me that when I was a child.

Re: The Highlander's Bride (2:46pm September 2, 2015):

I want the couples to love and respect each other even if
they disagree. I like the male character to love his parents,
be kind and love animals.

Re: Counterfeit Countess (2:42pm September 2, 2015):

Yes, I do like some humor when I read. Appreciate the chance
to win.

Re: From One Night to Wife (2:38pm September 2, 2015):

The father of my children. They have taken such good care of
me and the arrangements after we lost him; I could not have
done it without them. Our daughter says "Dad, did a good job
raising us". I agree.

Re: The Best of Both Rogues (7:31am August 31, 2015):

Hard decision. It would depend on the man.

Re: Food Baby (8:24am August 29, 2015):

When we lived in Round Rock, Texas we had a Long John Silvers
and my husband always asked for the crispies. No charge. I
will add you to my TBL list of authors.

Re: Little Pretty Things (7:06am August 25, 2015):

I was good in volleyball as a server. I worked so did go out
for a sport. My 5 kids were all on the swim team.

Re: Newport (8:02am August 23, 2015):

I do like some in a book but no gore please. Watching FOX &
Friends and they just had 2 of the staff of Ghost Hunters TV
show on for an interview. They say 80% of the supernatural
happenings they investigate are debunked . They are going into
their 10th season.

Re: Lady Emily's Exotic Journey (10:45am August 19, 2015):

I guess I just like to read that time era. History is a
subject I really like. Your rescues remind me of the book I
checked-out from the library. Our library system lets us
check-out books from any Minnesota library and this one came
from the University of Minnesota. It was a guide book of
Egypt and written in the 1880s (I forget the date). The pages
were falling out so I did not finish the book but put it into
a zip top bag and offered to buy it. I never heard from them,
The book should have not been on the shelf. Your books sound
like historical journeys.

Re: Last Chance Hero (10:25am August 19, 2015):

What a reminder of the snake farm. When I was a kid, we left
Monahans, Texas and went through Pecos. I remember the dirt
road ended at a T in the road and we took a left and there
was the snake farm and the gift shop on the right side of the
road. We were on our way to Carlsbad Caverns. I will add that
I have been in caverns in many parts of the world and
Carlsbad is the best.

Re: Island Dreams (10:36am August 16, 2015):

Magens Bay in St. Thomas is one of the nicest and the beaches
in Aruba are fine sand and the water is clear. For history, I
think Sicily. Loved the tour.

Re: Journeys of the Heart (10:24am August 16, 2015):

What nice stories to read. I will make an addition of all three
to my TBR list. For Erica, I have a list of Minnesota authors I
want to try to read and will find (probably under a stack of
books) and see if your name is on the list and will add if it
is not. I got it at the North Branch library.

Re: The Bones Will Speak (8:51am August 14, 2015):

I am not usually a fan of "real" mysteries that are too
detailed. Yes, I do like some romance but I also do not have to
have the romance too detailed. Good luck on your third book.

Re: Untrue Colors (8:44am August 14, 2015):

I think the reason I prefer a book is that is "stares" me in
the face when it is on the table but not so with my Kindle. I
do add to my TBR list but it takes time to get to all of them.
Good luck on your books. My ancestor was Titian so I do like to
read about art.

Re: The Wiregrass (7:24pm August 10, 2015):

I have been trying to write about family because I do

Re: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (7:11pm August 10, 2015):

I understand your loss as I lost my husband in January and I
find it very hard. I tell myself to do something because he
would have wanted me to continue; I know your husband would
want to to continue your dream also. It sounds like Rose is
also on a journey.

Re: Revenge Of The Chili Queens (6:32pm August 10, 2015):

I am from Texas so no beans and spicy. I missed Cincinnati for
the more chili parlors over McDonalds, I chose Taos. The others
I got right. Great Mexican places to eat in San Antonio. I did
not know about the Chili Queens so I learned something today.

Re: Crystal Kingdom (10:01am August 7, 2015):

I will have to add you to my TBR list. The cover alone makes me
want to read the book. I am always amazed how a writer can come
up with so many different names which are not common to us
speaking the English language. Good luck on the new book.

Re: Dragonbane (9:55am August 7, 2015):

This post got my attention for your books. I will have to add
to my TBR list. I see what you mean about "pain", it is
different for all of us.

Re: Falling for Texas (9:17am August 7, 2015):

I am glad to see your post. I recently met your aunt in the
pool at Lifetime Fitness in Minnesota and she told me about
her niece and new book. She is so proud of you. I checked on
you on our library system but the book is not available yet. I
said any book about Texas interests me as I am from Texas.
Your book sounds like a great read.

Re: Midnight on the Mississippi (9:31am August 5, 2015):

We retired to our small lake home to be near the kids and
grandkids. It was our weekend place when the kids were little.

Re: Fudging the Books (9:27am August 5, 2015):

I have been lucky to travel all around the world. My favorite
international is China, the people are so friendly.

Re: A Radical Arrangement (9:18am August 5, 2015):

I am crocheting Prayer Shawls with some of the women at the

Re: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (7:51pm August 2, 2015):

My daughter has taken a number of pictures that have orbs in
them. Once, I saw it also, she was taking a picture of the kids
and there was an orb. She said it was her grandmother, (my
mother) at her fathers's (my husband) birthday party. All the
pictures are outside ones. I will add your book to my TBR list.

Re: Do Not Forsake Me (8:31am August 1, 2015):

I guess caring for each other. After 57 years, he is now gone.I
really like your books.

Re: Torrents of Destruction (8:32am July 31, 2015):

I like historical fiction and Christian romance.

Re: Where the Moon Shines Brightest (8:24am July 31, 2015):

Yes, West Texas. I am from there and it was so clear.
The tooth pulling got to me; it had to have hurt.

Re: Lone Rider (8:42am July 28, 2015):

Crullers at Christmas. Thanks for the recipe.

Re: Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome (8:38am July 28, 2015):

First, I loved reading the comments.
I am passionate about my family and also reading. I have
traveled the world and now can continue with reading. I had 5
kids in 6 1/2 years and we just do it don't we?
I am getting your books soon as I need some light reading and
laughs. Great interview.

Re: The Lost Treasure of the Templars (8:26am July 28, 2015):

This is so interesting; what research you have done. My husband
and I watched some of the Oak Island series. I look forward to
reading your book.

Re: Naked (1:55pm July 25, 2015):

I have not made one. Thanks for the recipe. I will add your book
to my TBL list.

Re: No Safe Harbor (1:49pm July 25, 2015):

I have never been to one.

Re: Once Upon a Heist (9:58am July 17, 2015):

Good theme. I just re-read a book that is similar to your
book. It is YA book and I did like it. It has Cinderella
(what her little brother called her)and a Prince that had to
find a wife.

Re: Magic and Macaroons (5:29pm July 13, 2015):

I have not read any of this series but will add it too my TBR
list. I re-watched Bell, Book and Candle with James Stewart
and Kim Novak recently.

Re: The Rescued (6:20pm July 10, 2015):

I have had a ton of rhubarb this year. I make my own recipe
and use apple or cherry pie filling. The strawberry filling
I made last week was not as popular. My kids called it
Rhubarb Delight when I first made it when they were little.
I once won a cookbook on Amish cooking and baking and have
used quite a few recipes from it.

Re: Change Of Heart (6:14pm July 10, 2015):

I like the honesty and faith of the Amish people.

Re: Hope Harbor (6:08pm July 10, 2015):

Hard to say but I do like stand alone books that have the
same family characters from another book.

Re: Summer at the Shore (6:04pm July 10, 2015):

I prefer historical but eager to read an author duo book. My
husband and I worked together for years.

Re: How to Marry a Royal Highlander (5:59pm July 10, 2015):

I also want my heroes to like children and animals. Great

Re: Death of the Mad Hatter (2:24pm July 9, 2015):

I would have to take something with chocolate. I will have to
bake these cupcakes; thanks for the recipe.

Re: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake (9:29am July 8, 2015):

I have been cleaning and throwing. At my age, I think the
kids will have to do it so I am. I am scanning old photos and
many are black and white so I am also learning some family

Re: A Sword for His Lady (9:17am July 8, 2015):

Let her be the one to get her way.

Re: Butter Off Dead (6:46pm July 7, 2015):

I used to collect salt and pepper shakers and now owls.

Re: Wound Up In Murder (6:42pm July 7, 2015):

I have really enjoyed the cozy mysteries that have food and
crafts. I know how to knit but prefer crocheting. How
interesting to place a date of a book like you have done.

Re: The Curiosity Keeper (11:35am July 6, 2015):

I like historical and so Regency would be included. I will
add your book to my TBR list. I could not give you any name
By the way, I am taking care of my granddaughter's Golden as
he hates the fireworks and we live way out. He is sleeping
now but all wet because he loves to run and comes back wet.
I think he finds a swamp somewhere or the lake.

Re: Her Greek Doctor's Proposal (8:36am July 4, 2015):

Weather has been good this year for the tomato plants. I like
to read, crochet ( I am crocheting prayer shawls for the
church) and do my genealogy. I will get your book because of
the archaeology. I never made it to Greece in my travels so
read about it.

Re: Among the Fair Magnolias (8:25am July 4, 2015):

I look forward to reading this book. I had an ARC of A Beauty
So Rare by Tamera Alexander, loaned it to the head librarian
of our small library and she ordered it for the library. I
also will read books by the other authors now. Thanks for a
great post.

Re: Four-Patch of Trouble (8:59am July 1, 2015):

Wow, Some answers are a little harsh. I was thinking along
the idea of flowers that we have in the South and not in the
North and vice- versa.

Re: Murder Under the Desert Moon (8:46am July 1, 2015):

How about the old F. Scott Fitzgerald home in St. Paul,
"The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the three-story row
house on Summit Avenue was listed for sale Tuesday. The
listed price is $665,000."

So many places to choose.

Thanks for a great post.

Re: Mint Cookie Murder (8:33am July 1, 2015):

I was also in Girl Scouts and because I had sons I was
involved in Boy Scouts. These are a must read for sure. They
say write what you know.

Re: The Tide Watchers (4:13pm June 30, 2015):

I am always interested in stories about Napoleon and history.

Re: Girl Spoken For (9:15am June 26, 2015):

Back to the 50s with You Send Me by Sam Cooke.

Re: The Iron Princess (7:25pm June 25, 2015):

This is on my TBR list for sure. My husband's family is
Swedish (Father) and Norwegian (Mother). I have done
genealogy for the family and now you really have my interest
to research more.
Thanks for the great interview.

Re: A Friendly Engagement (9:39am June 24, 2015):

Sorry, the computer was giving me some problems so it got
posted two times.

Re: A Friendly Engagement (9:36am June 24, 2015):

"Something borrowed" sounds like "people watching" to get an
idea. Twisting hair is one habit I think would work. I can
picture a woman doing that.

Re: A Friendly Engagement (9:36am June 24, 2015):

"Something borrowed" sounds like "people watching" to get an
idea. Twisting hair is one habit I think would work. I can
picture a woman doing that.

Re: Bushel Full Of Murder (9:27am June 24, 2015):

Fresh vegetables.

Re: Motion for Malice (9:08am June 23, 2015):

I watch my granddaughter take her kayak and go talk to the
turtles on a log in the lake. She is also talking to the
chipmunks and say they talk to her.

Re: Diamond Head (8:57am June 23, 2015):

Congratulations on your first book. So nice to have your
mother involved.

Re: Desperate Measures (8:44pm June 20, 2015):

I drink a lot of green tea because they say it is good for
you and I also like the Earl Gray.

Re: Courtship of the Cake (8:40pm June 20, 2015):

Any flavor cupcake and I agree no fruit and also no nuts.

Re: Justified (4:22pm June 20, 2015):

Where do I start?
One fun memory is when we (my mother, sister and I) moved to
Monahans in West Texas from California to live with my step-
father and we asked him about the fires in the oil fields
that we saw from the train. Daddy told us that was for the
cowboys to light their cigarettes. I was only 9 years old
and we believed him for years.
I spent lots of time at the Monahans Sandhills which is now
a state park. I was telling my 11 year old granddaughter the
other day about the stickers we used to have when we walked
barefooted in the yard.
I remember the horned toads, rabbits, oil fields,
tumbleweeds and how fast the clothes dried on the lines.
Now, I am really homesick. Once a Texan, always a Texan.

Re: Collared For Murder (7:49am June 19, 2015):

I take care of my daughter's Golden when they are gone and
Max loves to play "tug" when he is here.

Re: Outlaw Hearts (10:32am June 17, 2015):

I cannot name any one book but being from West Texas, I
always enjoy a Western and especially one with love for all
the family. My mother was from Colorado and always enjoyed
her Westerns. I have read and liked your books. Look forward
to reading your series.

Re: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (10:32pm June 15, 2015):

Romance and mystery? Yes. I just watched Hart to Hart a short
time ago on TV.

Re: Love's Rescue (12:02pm June 12, 2015):

High seas and cowboys. Someone who loves their parents and
animals but are strong.

Re: London Tides (11:25am June 12, 2015):

I like historical to learn of the past and also to leave the
present time. Lots of research you did. Good for you.

Re: Five Brides (11:21am June 12, 2015):

I am not sure I would. What an interesting idea for a book.

Re: Murder Freshly Baked (11:18am June 12, 2015):

I always like an animal, a little old lady in her 80s with
her opinions and recipes and are always fun especially when
the relate to the location.
I hope all is fine with you there in Hill Country. When we
lived in Round Rock, we use to go to Gruene at the Grist
Mill to eat.

Re: Alive (11:09am June 12, 2015):

I like margaritas on the rocks. My daughter said tequila fixes

Re: The Gods of Laki (2:22pm June 11, 2015):

Great post. I liked " Imagination is a powerful and almost
mystical tool that can create entire worlds.". My major was
archaeology so I always have an interest in reading of the

Re: To Win Her Favor (2:45pm June 7, 2015):

I have enjoyed reading your books. Loved the videos and the
music. I have been to some plantations and agree they are a
great setting for a novel.
Winnie- Great interview. Thank you.

Re: Night of the Highland Dragon (9:35am June 7, 2015):

Most I have read are wolves but the idea of a dragon sounds so

Re: Siren's Call (8:04pm June 3, 2015):

I did not know that about the mermaid legend. Yesterday, I
was showing someone the scarf I am crocheting and with this
bulky yarn, it has some larger holes in some places. When I
learned how to do American Native beadwork, we used to say
we have a "spirit bead" when there was a mistake because as
I understand it "man is not perfect". So my needlework
always has at least one "spirit bead". Look forward to
reading your book. I will check on it. Leona

Re: Passionately Yours (8:46am May 30, 2015):

New to me also but I will add to my TBR list. Appreciate the

Re: Heart of a Bull Rider (10:43am May 21, 2015):

Last night I asked my daughter if her daughter's boy friend
was also coming to visit and she said no because no one to
take care of his dog. So, I said what about Stoney and said
that today one does not call anyone "stoney"; the friend is
named "Stormy" (real name). I said I was thinking it was a
name and that there was the TV show when Jack Lord played a
rodeo rider named Stoney Burke ( I hope this is the name)
and I was thinking of that name. I am really dating myself;
it was a great show.
Thanks for the post. Sounds like a great read.

Re: Summer on Lover's Island (10:32pm May 12, 2015):

My son had caught a nice sized bass from our lake and I made
the fish using your recipe. Since I had some batter left
over, I cut some onions and made onion rings. Thanks for a
good and easy recipe. Leona

Re: Fillet Of Murder (10:26pm May 12, 2015):

Now, I want some fried catfish and with a corn meal batter.
Love your title.

Re: Up the Hill to Home (10:23pm May 12, 2015):

I still like Scarlett because she is strong and also spoiled.

Re: Greek Gods Bearing Gifts (8:34am May 8, 2015):

I miss Warehouse 13. I have been watching re-runs of Hart to
Hart and love Max amd also Freeway.

Re: Tiffany Girl (10:51am May 6, 2015):

Love historical because I always learn something. I am from
Monahans near Odessa. I have added you to my TBR authors.
Congratulations on the awards.

Re: One Foot in the Grape (10:45am May 6, 2015):

I love to visit the Wine Country; I have family living in the
area. I have added One Foot in the Grape to my TBR list;
great title.

Re: Summer on Lover's Island (10:39am May 6, 2015):

I have added Summer on Lovers' Island to my TBR list. I have
some fish in thr freezer and your post reminded me so I will
make on Mother's Day. I will use the beer batter recipe you
posted. I make my tartar sauce almost like you; I use
Miracle Whip and relish. I may add a dash of mustard this

Re: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake (10:30am May 6, 2015):

Happy Birthday. My daughetr has a friend that shares the date
with you and he is 50 now. Congrats on the new book.

Re: Waking Up Joy (9:02am May 2, 2015):

My mother was also a Girl Scout Leader and my father helped
in the church. I saw in the church bulletin about a group
that make prayer shawls and so I am now doing that and it
makes me feed good to help. that make prayer shawls and so I
am now doing that and it makes me feed good to help. I have
always volunteered as well as my husband. When I was in
nursing school about 60 years ago, we were told never to
discuss in front of a patient even if they were unconscious
because they can hear. Sounds like a caring book. Thanks.

Re: Legitimate Lies (8:31am May 2, 2015):

I do love the scenic routes that make me feel I am there and
can feel what the characters are doing or a lcoation. I also
love maps when reading histoical books and once in a while, I
have seen a drawing on a page that helps identify the object
such as an artifact.

Re: Mr. Mercedes (7:36am May 1, 2015):

Thanks for the list. I will make a copy and read some of

Re: The Wood's Edge (8:10pm April 26, 2015):

Genealogy is my passion; it is also history. I want to leave
our children with some knowledge of their ancestors.

Re: The Art of Losing Yourself (8:07pm April 26, 2015):

I was thinking about things I had not done yesterday but said
that was OK because I did something else with that time. If I
think what if; it is I wish I could have done more for

Re: The Last Heiress (8:00pm April 26, 2015):

I also could not see the photos.
I once saw a manor on a hill in Spain and said what a setting
for a novel; I may have that picture somewhere. Book sounds
great with history and romance.

Re: Where the Staircase Ends (5:04pm April 17, 2015):

Brigadoon and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
English because I had a special teacher. I drove from
Minnesota back to Texas to attend her 100th birthday party.
Color is green.
Food- Mexican and Italian.
I think Logan and Taylor.

Re: Double Cross (4:52pm April 17, 2015):

If it has Clint Eastwood, I will usually watch. I am trying
to think of musicals that are mystery. Phantom of the Opera
is one.

Re: I'll Get You My Pretty (8:49am April 16, 2015):

I usually do not read books written by men if I want
something light and as you said, they are "dense fiction".
I will add you to my TBR list for authors.
Congrats on your books.

Re: Wedding Duress (9:18am April 15, 2015):

Great list. I usually do write to authors after I read and
review books but really do not follow up after that. I will
in the future. I also love it when they respond to me. I have
also added you to my author TBR list.
Thank you.

Re: Wicked Stitch (9:11am April 15, 2015):

First, I loved reading the comments.
I have been to both and also volunteered at a museum where
we dyed wool using natural things such as onion skins and
flowrs, I also learned to spin yarn and more.
I do embroidery work so this this is a TBR must read for me.
Thank you.

Re: A Fright To The Death (9:06am April 14, 2015):

I love a Victorian House and a Castle is also good. I took a
picture of a manor/mansion on a hill when I was in Europe
years ago (I think Spain) and said what a setting for a book.
This book is a must read for me. Thanks.

Re: Five-Alarm Fudge (9:00am April 14, 2015):

I did not know that about the fire. I know there was also
one in Hinckley, Minnesota that is near me. Now you have me
interested in this history.
Look forward to reading this book.

Re: Demise in Denim (8:52am April 14, 2015):

Spring in Minnesota is when the ice is off the lake. This
year it was early and on April 1.
I have beeen to Savannah and loved it.
I love your list.

Re: The Cozy Cookbook (8:45am April 14, 2015):

My husband loved a simple grilled cheese sandwich.
Velvetta (the block, sliced thin.
Bread 2 slices
Yellow mustard for him, spread on both sides of bread.
Spread butter on bread, add sandwich to the pan and cook
until cheese has melted.
Serve usually with tomato soup.
You sound like you had fun making these recipes.

Re: When A Rake Falls (9:25am April 9, 2015):

I love a history lesson in the books I read. Added to my TBR
list. Thanks.

Re: Dark Chocolate Demise (8:14pm April 7, 2015):

Sounds like you are full of ideas. This is a different read
but I would love to read it. I have added you to my TBR list
of authors. You cover is great.

Re: Shadow Of A Spout (8:08pm April 7, 2015):

Another new author, for me, to add to my TBR list. I have
really enjoyed cozy mysteries. Looks like a cat is in the
book; they always add to the story.

Re: The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook (7:46pm April 3, 2015):

Rhubard Delight; my kids named this recipe years ago. I make
it from the rhubarb from my garden and it is my own recipe.
I love the books that have recipes and I make them.
This chocolate cake sounds sooo good.

Re: The Millionaire's Unexpected Proposal (7:40pm April 3, 2015):

I have made more than one.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: The Woman of La Mancha (7:35pm April 3, 2015):

I try to use a notebook and file folders. I also send emails
to myself.

Re: On Shifting Sand (6:41pm April 3, 2015):

My husband loved Jell-o; it does say comfort.

Re: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (8:59am March 26, 2015):

Thank you for what you do for people. Ebola is such a serious
My husband and I went to Inverness but Nessie did not show
that day. Enjoy your trip.
I look forward to reading your books.

Re: The Baron's Betrayal (8:48am March 26, 2015):

Sounds like the reader will have to read the complete book to
find the answer. Now, I am interested.
I have never heard the term "street team" I will have to check
on it.

Re: Stars to Lead Me Home (8:54am March 25, 2015):

The screen door reminds me of my mother's house. I look
forward to reading about Maggie.

Re: Lady Of The Eternal City (9:34am March 24, 2015):

I have enjoyed your books. Appreciate the chance to win a
good book.

Re: Gideon (9:09am March 24, 2015):

I have a feeling I will check the ending before I go to bed
on this one. My granddaugher laughts at me (she is 22) but I
still finish the book.

Re: Guarding His Heart (9:20am March 22, 2015):

I like both but always with a touch of the area. I like to
feel I have been there or returned.

Re: Spy Of Richmond (11:14am March 20, 2015):

I had no idea. What a lot of research you must have done.

Re: Siren's Call (6:27pm March 19, 2015):

I have read a couple of mermaid stories. Your post reminded
me of the movie, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid with Ann Blyth
and William Powell in 1948. I was 10 at the time but remember
the movie.

Re: Steeped In Evil (8:42am March 18, 2015):

A cup of tea sounds like a relaxing and reading time. I do
like my coffee in the morning but it says get up and go. I
have had high tea on cruise ships and loved them. What a nice

Re: The Pharaoh's Daughter (8:36am March 18, 2015):

I always liked the Book of Ruth. This sounds like a such a
good read and informational. I have added you to my TBR list
of authors. Thanks for writing these Biblical historical

Re: Horse Of A Different Killer (9:28am March 17, 2015):

This sounds like such a different read. When animals are in a
book, I feel the personalities of the characters are

Re: Ladle to the Grave (10:28am March 4, 2015):

I agree on characters. I watch Murder She Wrote almost every
night because I know the characters. Love the cover. I choose
lots of books because of the covers.

Re: A Wee Murder In My Shop (10:23am March 4, 2015):

Have not seen but I did have nightmares when staying at a
castle in Europe; my husband had to wake me up. Love the
ghost stories in Europe.
I look forward to reading this.

Re: Who Buries The Dead (7:17am March 3, 2015):

I like to read the posts by authors because I always find a
new author, to me, to read. A book from a guide book, great

Re: Assault And Pepper (7:12am March 3, 2015):

My cozy spot is on the soft couch my husband found for me at
a thrift store for $15.00. It is short, like me, and I cover
with the soft blanklet he bought me.
Love these books.
Great title for a book.

Re: The Spinster Bride (10:53am March 1, 2015):

I do like happy endings in my books. Historical lets us
escape the present for a time.

Re: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (10:45am March 1, 2015):

Love at first sight; sounds like a great story. I am adding
your books to my TBR list.

Re: A Stolen Season (10:41am March 1, 2015):

When we were in England the first time a man, who was from
England, asked if we were doing the ABC Tour. Found out it
means "another bloody castle or cathedral". We did and loved
the history and old buildings. Like your country, we are
also young compared to Europe.
We also loved Australia and the people.
I look forward to reading you book, it sounds great. My
major is archaeology so I also love the history of places.

Re: Jack Staples And The City Of Shadows (8:09am February 24, 2015):

I have an 11 year old granddaugher that loves adventure.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: A Seamless Murder (7:50am February 24, 2015):

I have a granddaughter that is at TCU now. I was also born in
California but raised in West Texas (Monahans). Remember,
"Once a Texan, Always a Texan".
I look forward to reading your books. Great interview.

Re: Dead Man Walker (10:57am February 21, 2015):

Love the cover. Hope the dog is in the story.

Re: A Killer Retreat (4:39pm February 18, 2015):

Loved you could take your dog. I love to visit out of the way

Re: The Cowboy's Valentine (4:34pm February 18, 2015):

Kids are honest. What a read. Thanks.

Re: Claimed by the Sheikh (4:29pm February 18, 2015):

Thanks for sharing your 5 moments. I am glad you made it.

Re: Soul Of The Fire (4:26pm February 18, 2015):

I have added you to my TBR list for authors. When we were in
China a number of years ago, the TV would scramble whenever
Tibet was in the news. At first, we thought it was the TV
and later learned it was being blocked. I still loved my
trips to China; the people were so nice.

Re: Rescuing the Texan's Heart (5:08pm February 13, 2015):

My mother was from Colorado and I have family there; it is
beautiful. I was raised in Texas so sounds like a book I would
love to read.

Re: Once a Wallflower, At Last His Love (5:32pm February 12, 2015):

This is sad but I recently lost my hsuband and he was my hero.
He knew his time was close, said he was at peace and left us
taking care of things and me until the end.
I love a hero who loves and takes care of his own in books and
real life.

Re: A Stitch in Crime (10:40am February 6, 2015):

Love the 5 ways; these can be used in so many stations n life.
My grandaughter wants to make a quilt with her old sweat tops.

Re: As Gouda as Dead (10:22am February 6, 2015):

So many events. I guess the Minnesota State Fair. It is a
family tradition.
Love the title.

Re: Darned If You Do (4:17pm February 4, 2015):

Sounds like another great book. I do needlework and enjoy your

Re: Ghost In The Guacamole (9:54am January 25, 2015):

I have added you to a must read TBR list. Your post reminds me
of my visit to Cornwall years ago and their tales of ghosts.
I also love research and look forward to reading your books.

Re: Impulse Control (9:34am January 25, 2015):

My husband used to say I was bull-headed when we dated and
that was before he knew I was a Taurus. We had almost 57 years
of marriage.
Great idea for a series of books.

Re: Dreaming of Love (9:27am January 25, 2015):

"When someone says they’ve read my book, I want to hide
until I hear that they’d liked it, then I want to hug them!"
This reminds me of when people say they have gone to Texas
and I wait until I hear that they loved it and the people. I
no longer live there but it is still home.
Love yout list and also your accomplishments.

Re: The Gentleman Jewel Thief (7:47pm December 10, 2014):

Love history and this sounds like a good one.

Re: An Oath Taken (7:41pm December 10, 2014):

First, I want to thank you for your service.
I like to do embroidery work so I did 6 pillow cases and about
10 dishtowels for Christms for my family.

Re: Waking Up Joy (7:36pm December 8, 2014):

My mother read Zane Grey, Louis L'Amore and any Western she
could. I like the Gothics and Historical. I read most any book
except the eroticia because I just don't like them.

Re: Once Upon a Grind (7:27pm December 8, 2014):

Cinderella is my favorite. She is beautiful inside as well as

Re: Death With All The Trimmings (7:22pm December 8, 2014):

We had an Australian shepherd named Bear. I still miss him so
much. He actually adopted us.
What a fun way to find the names of your characters.

Re: Meow If It's Murder (6:29pm December 8, 2014):

My type of read. I love to watch Murder She Wrote, the Nick
and Nora movies (and of course Asta) and authors like Joanne
Fluke who writes about Hannah in Minnesota. My friend helped
Monica with her book And Then You Dye. I look forward to
reading your books.

Re: The Lodge on Holly Road (9:38am November 25, 2014):

Best to you in your recovery.

Re: Family Plot (9:26am November 25, 2014):

Love your story on foxglove. I like reading historical because
I always learn something. Enjoy Colorado; my mother was from

Re: Black Moon Draw (9:44am November 7, 2014):

Thank you for doing this for our spacial people.

Re: A Christmas In Bath (9:39am November 7, 2014):

I had no idea it was so long ago that Jane wrote her novels.
I look forward to reading your books. Again. I like
FreshFiction because I alsways find new authors, to me, to

Re: Lost Under a Ladder (3:31pm November 2, 2014):

In some things. I think I will enjoy your book. I am sure you
did a lot of research. Thanks for the chance to win.

Re: Picked To Die (6:29pm October 20, 2014):

I love museums and have volunteered at some. I must read your
books so I have added you to my TBR list. Good luck on your

Re: By Winter's Light (3:20pm October 12, 2014):

What interesting facts. I have been to Avebury and Stonehenge
and always love to read more about the history and tales of
I also love the cover and have added to my TBR list.

Re: Gossamer Ghost (9:43am October 7, 2014):

I have been to New Orleans and do love the food and homes.
This is my kind of book.

Re: Death of a Blueblood (9:39am October 7, 2014):

I watch the show at night. Love the shows but I have yet to
read one of the books. I will change that. Thanks for the
information and congratulations on the books.

Re: Lost Under a Ladder (9:32am October 7, 2014):

Fun. I look forward to reading this. Your research maust have
been interesting.

Re: Last Chance Family (9:27am October 7, 2014):

Love the pappy comment. One of my favorite characters on TV

Re: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall (1:23pm October 3, 2014):

I love the gothics and I have many old ones stored in boxes;
I hate to part with them.
Look forward to your book.
Do you watch the Good Witch on TV with Catherine Bell? Great
and I always watch the re-runs.
Good luck on your book.

Re: To Love a King (12:46pm October 3, 2014):

Ideas come from all places. I do like to read the history of a
beginnings of a book.

Re: Soul Painter (12:39pm October 3, 2014):

I really like " She became an artist with a deep connection to
color and texture and life". This book is also on my TBR list.

Re: Wild About Rachel (8:47am September 29, 2014):

I have always loved to read. I have a granddaughter that does
not like to read but likes to cook so sometimes we read
Nice post.

Re: Double Jeopardy (2:52pm September 22, 2014):

I also love a variety. Now I am reading The American Resting
Place, Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries
and Burial Grounds for my genealogy research.
Yes, I like to keep the pages turning.

Re: Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island (12:11pm September 22, 2014):

This is interesting. I made a copy so I can learn more. I need
to also re-read Treasure Island.

Re: Share the Moon (12:05pm September 22, 2014):

I have been to all 50 states and most of the world but not yet
to Ireland or Greece. I would love to see Ireland. I love to
I agree, each place is different and offers their own charm.

Re: A Winter Wedding (7:56pm September 6, 2014):

My father used to come home and say "let's go fishing" and we
went. This was in Texas and we always slept outside. I can
take a day trip this way.
Loooking forward to this read.

Re: In Bed with a Rogue (10:07am September 4, 2014):

I have not heard the term, bromance. I could also name a few.
I will add your name to my TBR list.

Re: Nightmares Can Be Murder (10:00am September 4, 2014):

I have had some of these. Interesting topic.

Re: The Laird (9:55am September 4, 2014):

Michael Brodie would be my choice. Appreciate such a nice

Re: Betting on Julia (8:24am August 31, 2014):

My hero is one who is close to his parents, kind to animals
and loves little kids.

Re: My Highland Spy (8:33pm August 29, 2014):

I try not to judge on first impressions. I once worked with
two men and before I knew them, I would have chosen to stand
next to one on an elevator and after I knew them, I chose the
other one. This was discussed by some of us and we all had a
change of mind.

Re: The Tenth Chamber (9:25am July 31, 2014):

What a great message. On the book, you had me at "medieval

This is why I like and read about the authors on
freshfiction, I find neww authors, to me, to read.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (10:12am July 2, 2014):

I will say hello if I am near someone and continue with my own

Re: Sharing You (9:14am July 2, 2014):

I am interested in the ending. So far, I am on the side of

Re: Gimme Some Sugar (9:07am July 2, 2014):

I agree on names; I often read a book because of the title.
Sometimes book covers are not always what they seem. Author's
names are also somewhat important to me; I find new ones here
on Fresh Fiction.
Your names of the books will catch a reader's interest.

Re: Crime Rib (7:52am July 2, 2014):

I love the cozy mysteries with recipes. Always adds to the
book and characters. Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: Someone Else's Skin (11:43am June 30, 2014):

I loved the Alfred Hitchcock movies.
"The director should have given you a break, a scene where
there was a chance to gather your breath. A moment of light
will make the dark more effective." I fully agree.
Great tips.

Re: Muffin But Murder (11:37am June 30, 2014):

I have really enjoyed cozy mysteries. Usually no bad language
and no sex scenes. That to me is a plus.
I do love unusual characters.
Appreciate the chance to win and I have added you to my new
(to me) list of authors.

Re: Crimson Heart (9:42am June 29, 2014):

What an interesting way to create characters. I have heard of
music and pictures or photos. I saw a castle on a hill one
time when I was in Europe (I think Spain) and said that would
make a good setting for a book.

Re: Montana Bride (9:38am June 25, 2014):

NOT entering because I alread have this book. I want to
comment this is a good read.

Re: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (12:18pm June 1, 2014):

Gov. Mike Huckabee talked about her on his show last night.

Re: Against the Wild (9:50am May 31, 2014):

I must add you to my TBR list.
My husband rented a car in Alaska and we drove to Seward and
ended with a train ride to Fairbanks in the winter.
The lowering the American flag must have been very emotional
but what a memory to have.

Re: The Midwife (9:35am May 31, 2014):

God and Family said it all. Best to you on your future.

Re: Shadowed By Grace (8:11pm May 24, 2014):

Such a moving post. I remember seeing the Purple Heart at my
great-aunt's home. At the time, I was too young to really
understand but I do remember her saying she would rather have
him than the medal and that has stayed with me.

Re: Rose House (8:02pm May 24, 2014):

I agree on the cover; I also like it.
Have you visied the library at the Hearst Castle in San
Simeon? I was so impressed.
I love to travel and I think there are so many ideas for
books. I also grew up in a small town. I learned the song,
"Those Far Away Places" in third grade and I was hooked.
Appreciate the giveaway.


Re: The Advocate (2:21pm May 21, 2014):

This is a book I would like to read.
I recently read "The Queens' Handmaid" by Tracey Higley and
the book begins in 39 BC. A lot of Biblical history and a
great read.
I was able to see Pope John Paul one time and what an
experience. I was in the plaza and he was far away but still
I have an idea as a lawyer mind your ideas would be
different than most people's minds.

Re: The Duke's Obsession (9:38am May 18, 2014):

That is an interesting way to define a character; I like it. I
put them under the cushions of my couch.

Re: Cottonmouth and the River (8:54am May 10, 2014):

I am not sure the age of the kids for this book but looks like
grade school but I think my 11 year old granddaughter would
love this adventure book.

Re: Rise And Shine (8:44am May 10, 2014):

I guess the paths can change and sometimes we are not prepared
for it. I think I would like this kind of book. Appreicate the
giveaway and another author to add to my list.

Re: Desiring Lady Caro (6:46pm April 9, 2014):

What a fun blog. I am putting your name on my TBR Authors. I
also like the cover.

Re: The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off (12:13pm April 4, 2014):

Velveeta and Ro-tel Cheese Dip.
I make this dip a lot. It freezes well.
I use a 2 # block of Velveeta (Original) and a can of Ro-
tel. Cut the Velveeta into chunks and put in a large
container one can put in the microwave, add the Ro-tel. Put
in microwave for 5 minutes on high. Remove and stir. At one
time, I had to buy the Ro-tel when I visited my parents in
Texas but Minnesota started carrying this product and so I
can get it here. If the dip gets too thick, a LITTLE milk,
like a 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

I love the "sweeet tea" and "Bless your heart" in the books.

Re: A Promise In Pieces (11:55am April 4, 2014):

I am glad you made it. Keep going.
Just finished a book in which a hankie needed to be given back
to the wife of a Civil War soldier who died. He had carried it
into war.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: How to Handle a Cowboy (9:51am April 4, 2014):

I like series that involve family members but are still a
stand alone book. I hate to get "lost" when I read book 2 or
3. Tansk for the giveaway.

Re: The Winter Bride (3:06pm April 3, 2014):

I do like a lighter side in a romance. Appreciate the

Re: Winter in Full Bloom (9:57am March 29, 2014):

These are the like of books I like to read, one I can
recommend to others. Just finished a book like this and it was
a good read. I will add you to my new (to me) author's TBR
list. I have been to Melbourne and had a wonderful visit so I
recommend others to visit.

Re: Dyed and Gone (9:45am March 29, 2014):

These are fun. Some good ideas. My hair is now too thin to use
them but I see there are other uses.

Re: In the Dark (9:33am March 24, 2014):


Re: Stealing the Groom (7:11am March 19, 2014):

"Camouflaged in the thick, prickly underbrush, Amelia kept
her gaze glued to the entrance of the imposing building,
afraid to blink lest she miss something important."
I can picture this and wonder what she will do next.

I really like your family connections. Good for you.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Shadowed By Grace (9:26pm March 14, 2014):

I post my reviews on which is a site that has
lots of groups, some book readers.
Began and read Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson today. His Faith
is very important to him.

Re: Oath of the Brotherhood (10:03am February 21, 2014):

This one sounds so interesting. I am reading Dominion as a
"what-if" but more on real life. I love books on Ireland even
though this is still on my list to visit. A little magic in a
book always works. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (9:34am February 20, 2014):

A good romantic read in the West is always one I enjoy.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Lord of the Sea (12:36pm February 19, 2014):

Someone who is caring, protective and likes his parents.

Re: A Minute on the Lips (9:39am February 11, 2014):

I have to say Rhett Butler as some others did. Strong and

Re: Town In A Strawberry Swirl (9:33am February 11, 2014):

Museum and lighthouse are two of my interests.
Good luck on the deadline.

Re: The MacGregor's Lady (3:50pm February 6, 2014):

When researching where do you stay? A hotel, manor house, a
castle or a bed and breakfast?

Re: Teacup Turbulence (4:26pm January 27, 2014):

Have fun in San Antonio.
Your books sound great and very different.
Appreciate the chance to win.

Re: The Splendour Falls (11:04am January 25, 2014):

I love her books and have several on my shelf that I re-
read. Talking about your travels, I remember seeing a castle
on a hill in Europe and told my friend "that is a setting
for a book". Fictional character? I chose the name Diana
after Wonder Woman from the comics for my daughter. (I am
dating myself)I always loved the name.
Appreciate such a nice giveaway and I will look for your

Re: Billionaire Blend (6:06pm January 19, 2014):

I will have to save this for next year. No eggnog at the
store now. I may try something else instead. Thanks for the

Re: More Than A Touch (9:18am January 18, 2014):

Your list says why I read. I especially like the statement
about the setting of a book. I hope you do not mind but I am
going to share this on my sparkpeople teams. Love the cover
and the title.

Re: Sadie's Secret (10:24am January 17, 2014):

These book are my kind of read. Appreciate the giveaway.
I have to add I have to cheer for TCU now that my
granddaugher goes there but as a West Texan (who lives
elsewhere) any Texas team is on my list.

Re: Limoncello Yellow (5:48pm January 14, 2014):

I love San Antoino and miss it since I have moved from the
Austin area. The Riverwalk and all the different foods

Re: A Custom-Fit Crime (8:34am December 30, 2013):

All of these sound like some good reading. Thanks for the
list. FreshFiction always gives me new ideas and books to

Re: Freezer I'll Shoot (4:28pm December 29, 2013):

This year I plan to cook and bake some of the recipes I have collected over the years.
Appreciate such a great giveaway.
Happy Holidays.

Re: Undressing Mr. Darcy (9:57am December 10, 2013):

What a wonderful occasion to attend. I was in Bath years ago
and loved the area.
I need to re-read these books.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Last Chance Proposal (9:29am December 10, 2013):

We celebrate Christmas Eve with a Scandinavian dinner for my
husband and Christmas Day with a turkey dinner for me. All
the family is there for Christmas Eve and some for Christmas
I love New Zealand and have been there two times.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Goddess Legacy (6:06pm December 3, 2013):

This book is not my cup of tea but I did like your comments.

Re: Billionaire Blend (6:02pm December 3, 2013):

You had me before the recipes. One reason I like this site is
because I find new authors for me to read.

Re: Black Widow Demon (8:24am December 1, 2013):

I like Warehouse 13 which is off and on. Hope it come back in
January. I will have to look for Sherlock.

Re: The Christmas Cookie Collection (5:49pm October 31, 2013):

Thank you for sharing a family recipe. I appreciate the chance to win this book; it sounds like a good read.

Re: Murder At Hatfield House (12:24pm October 23, 2013):

I like any historical books. This one sounds great.
I like Napoleon's Josephine and have read a lot about her as well as going to some museum exhibits about her.
I would like to meet Titian the artist, he is an ancestor of mine.

Re: Christmas Quilt (9:23am October 20, 2013):

I always say a child is a gift from God.
Quilting is such a wonderful craft. I always make sure I look at them at the State Fair.
Appreciate the giveaway.
I still say Merry Christmas to people.

Re: The Children of the Mist (7:36am October 14, 2013):

You write to escape and I read to escape and visit different places.
If I woke up changed, I would hope I could help others more.
How nice to work with your daughter.

Re: Lord of Swords (9:46pm October 12, 2013):

I am inspired by art. My ancestor is Titian. I love historical and medieval books. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Jude (6:05pm October 9, 2013):

There is a need for God as far as I concerned. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Paige Rewritten (5:58pm October 9, 2013):

What a cute title.
I am from West Texas and have never adjusted to the cold in Minnesota. I do like snow at Christmas for the kids.

Re: The Patterer (11:40am October 7, 2013):

Usually we get a woman's point of view for this time period. Sounds like a good read. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Newton Neighbors (8:43am October 6, 2013):

Such credit to those who write and have young children. I was a magazine reader because I could read a short article when I took a fast break and the books were read at night time. I had 5 kids in 6 1/2 years so school was getting the jackets, boots, etc ready the night before. Now I read at leisure. Never thought of dry and wet blood, makes sense.

Re: My Lady Quicksilver (12:38pm October 4, 2013):

Lies are hard to remember. Truth is not.

Re: Declan's Cross (9:19am September 25, 2013):

Appreciate the chance to win. I have never been to Ireland and it is still on my list. Your recipe is simiar to mine; my rhubard is done for the season. I have only read Rock Point and loved it. Need to read the others.

Re: The Dervish (2:54pm September 7, 2013):

Anthropology/archaeology is my major in college and so i always like to learn more.
What interesting visits you must have had.
I have added you to new authors for me to read.
Appeciate the giveaway.

Re: Virtual Heaven (4:45pm September 5, 2013):

I would love to see what happens to Maggie. I like games like Scrabble but have not played Canasta in years.

Re: The Highlander's Desire (10:36am September 2, 2013):

Cinderella is still a favorite of mine. I read one kinda romance set in Scotland and about the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie did not show the day I was in Inverness.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: A Rancher's Christmas (10:56am August 26, 2013):

I was raised in a small West Texas town and loved it. I still miss it.
For our town it was the high school football team which the whole town supported.

Re: Beneath the Dover Sky (8:36am August 18, 2013):

I give you credit for having the strength to write hard books about lives that have been touched so much.

Re: The Amish Seamstress (8:30am August 18, 2013):

Since I was not raided Amish, I think it would be hard for me. I have read a couple of Amish books.

Re: Pattern for Romance (9:33pm August 7, 2013):

Inteesting on the gloves. Last year we visited Maine for the first time and I got introduced to lobster rolls. It is beautiful there.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: What the Bride Wore (8:50am August 6, 2013):

Have fun and drive carefully. Look forward to the books. I am following on Twitter.

Re: Summer at Mustang Ridge (4:38pm July 16, 2013):

I want to say, thank you. The earring are beautiful and I will start the book tomorrow. Had to finish a couple more.

Re: Emeralds of the Alhambra (4:35pm July 16, 2013):

I do like historical fiction. Alhambra was one of our highlights when we were in Spain. I have been there two times and I can picture your setting. Look forward to reading EMERALDS OF THE ALHAMBRA.

Re: Just Beyond the Garden Gate (9:57am June 24, 2013):

I had forgotten this one. I was a 5' 1/2 " in high school and my frends set me up with a blind date, we were double dating, and he was 6'6". We actually called him six six. Good thing he was from another small school in another small town. He was very nice but a little tall for me.

Re: The Guardian's Witch (3:57pm June 22, 2013):

I really liked this post and it gave me a good feeling. I like to read books "that carry me away".

Re: The Look of Love (8:41pm June 21, 2013):

I have read and really like your books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: If The Shoe Fits (8:08pm June 20, 2013):

Those Far-Away Places. I learned to sing it in 3rd grade and I was hooked. I love to travel all over the world and do a lot of it in books.

Re: One Night With A Rake (8:05pm June 20, 2013):

We take care of our daughter's dog and cat when they are gone. Max (dog) thinks he is still a puppy, 8 years old, and Charcoal is very active at the ripe old age of 21.

Re: The Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts With Scandal (8:01pm June 20, 2013):

Sounds like she is "flirting" with the wrong guy. I have added to my TBR list. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Just One Kiss (1:26pm June 15, 2013):

Share with my 5 adult children so they can use it for their kids.

Re: Summer at Mustang Ridge (1:04pm June 11, 2013):

I make potato salad and no recipe which my daughter wants. I need to measure and write it down for future. Almost like my mother made but kids (and my Minnesota husband)do not care for sweet relish in the salad (in Texas' potato salads) so I do not add that. I have started a notebook with copies of recipes from the family for my kids (all adults now).

Re: Flirting with Disaster (11:59am June 10, 2013):

Self centered would be my opinion, but then is still the hero?

Re: The Firebird (12:30pm June 6, 2013):

Jules Verne books. I re-watched 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea again today. I started reading his books in JR. HI.

Re: Five Days in Skye (2:04pm June 2, 2013):

Andrea sounds like a real person. Anyone is business, as an owner or employee, know the ups and downs.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Katie's Choice (1:48pm June 2, 2013):

I like the sincere romance.
I read and reviewed (from Simply Delicious, Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore. I did not know that Amish were in Sarasota, Florida. I learned a lot from this cookbook.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Dead, White, And Blue (9:44am May 30, 2013):

Growth. I like to see the characters grow in their feelings and ideals.
When you say "I was a failed author", I do not see that. In all my trainings (I am a travel professional) all cruise lines, tour companies, etc said there is never "a dumb question" and when I read what you wrote, I thought of that phrase.
Your books sound like there are real people in the books and real occasions.
Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: Last Chance For Justice (12:08pm May 20, 2013):

It also depends on my mood and the weather. I do not read a fast paced at nightime so I can sleep.

Re: Undone (9:02am May 16, 2013):

I also want him to be able to comfort her. Reading a Sabrina Jeffries now and he is doing all except the humor; that will probably come.

Re: [email protected] (9:57am May 15, 2013):

Sounds like an intense read. I already have read some of your books and do like them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: Voodoo For Two (9:51am May 15, 2013):

There is something about this area that is so different. I also loved Oak Alley and went to Mass one Easter at St. Louis Cathedral when we were visiting there. Your pictures are great.

Re: A Wedding In Springtime (9:04pm May 2, 2013):

A rugged Highlander

Re: If You Give A Rake A Ruby (9:52am March 21, 2013):

A gentleman. Appreicate the giveaway.

Re: Trouble In The Tarot (11:18am March 16, 2013):

I like the humor in romance and also mysteries. I like to laught out loud.

Re: Her Knight's Quest (11:12am March 16, 2013):

I like to see the growth of the character and the next series always brings in another secondary character. I do like to see books stand alone in case I have not the first of the series.

Re: Assaulted Pretzel (5:15pm March 13, 2013):

I have not read many Amish books but I do like to learn about religions and regions. You must have done a lots of research. Appreciate the book giveaway.

Re: Out Of Circulation (10:27am March 10, 2013):

I have not seen these books posted anywhere but they sound great. I have a feeling that Diesel is the main character. Appreciate the chance to win.

Re: Stranger on Raven's Ridge (10:15am March 10, 2013):

I never thought of the characters as part of someone. Interesting and probably somethimg to find in characters I read. I love to watch the Wizard of Oz and do it yearly.

Re: Lord Of Darkness (10:36am March 4, 2013):

"You were flirting, madam." Sounds like both have stong personalities. Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: The Christie Curse (9:52am March 3, 2013):

Maybe my granddaughter as my daughter is not a reader. It would have been fun to have done it with my mother as she was a mystery reader. Thanks for the giveaway. It was fun to read the messages from other readers.

Re: Protector (9:47am March 3, 2013):

I always have something to read with me. I now have a Kindle.

Re: Into the Spotlight (9:39am March 3, 2013):

So much to do in Las Vegas. See Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: Beeline To Trouble (3:50pm January 19, 2013):

Some juice in the romance is always good.

Re: Live And Let Love (10:44am December 28, 2012):

Appeciate the chance to win. I will have to get and read the first books.

Re: Secret Santa Baby (11:54am December 27, 2012):

It must have been a good kiss. Thanks for the giveaway.

Re: Holiday Buzz (7:49am December 5, 2012):

Coffee, cookies and mystery. Appreciate the giveaway.

Re: The Shadowy Horses (5:24pm October 14, 2012):

I do like some dialect. Sounds like a wonderful book with archaeology (my major) and Scotland (where I have visited. I went to visit Nessie but no show that day).
Appreciate such a nice giveaway,

Re: Run The Risk (7:18pm October 6, 2012):

A book I am reading now. A Very Merry Chase by Teresa Thomas Bohannon. Lord Branderly begins as a highwayman when he stops the carriage of Lady Sabrina.

Re: Lucky Break (3:50pm September 1, 2012):

Shamrock Falls is a great name for a town.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Re: Fool For Love (6:47pm August 29, 2012):

Cupcakes are the best. This book sounds like it will make the reader hungry. Thanks for the chance to win.

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