Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sweet Christmas Romances

What am I reading now?  Christmas Romances
Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I hope there are enough of these to keep me busy during the holiday season! Here are my recommendations so far.

Christmas in Snow Valley
Many times when I read an anthology, I'm not so excited about one or more stories. I won't say that about this anthology. It starts off with a wonderful tale and just keeps that promise throughout.

Timeless Romance Anthology, Silver Bells
This anthology brand publishes several times a year. Three of the authors are the same in each series--Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, and Annette Lyon. Then they invite three new people to participate.

A Christmas Reunion
This one is a stand alone story, written by one of my favorite authors. Be warned--it's a novella--it will end with you still wanting to hang out with these people. I loved the story!

Happy start to the holiday season! I'm off to find more!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Softly Falling

What am I reading now?  Softly Falling (Carla Kelly)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?
 Beautiful Lily Branson learns that her wayward father has lost his Wyoming cattle ranch in a card game to handsome cowboy Jack Sinclair, no less! When a series of deadly winter storms sets in, Lily and Jack must work together to save the cattle—as well as their hearts.
I reviewed another book by the same author, and I really enjoyed it too. You can see that review HERE.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Trouble Writing?

What am I reading now?  Newbie (Jo Noelle)
Annd . . . what do I think so far?  Yes, this is our book too! I have a special place in my heart for Sophie. She a little fun, a little naive, and has a lot of heart and spunk! BTW, if you want a great present for a teacher this year--give them this book.

The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile. 

At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching. 

Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty. 
Trouble Writing?

Several years back, I was taking a class in Ohio about how to teach writing to elementary students. Near the end of the week, the instructor asked us to reflect on our insights about the writing process. Among many thoughts, I also stated that I thought writing was hard or frustrating at times and as long as I understood that, I could help students through their own writing choices and revisions.

When we shared our reflections, most of the participants disagreed with that reflection. It's still true at times for me. I like those times though because they push me to fix whatever it is in the project that I'm not yet satisfied with.
I'm okay with having trouble writing!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life

What am I reading now?
Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life
(Jo Noelle)
*Yup, this is our book!

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?
I love Lexi and Gabe and Tillie. Maybe someday Tillie will get her own book too.

Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors.

High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics.

Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.


The Best Hot Sauce Ever

I love Mexican food, and I love hot sauce and chips! Here's a very special recipe. It was given to my husband's father from Mrs. Rios, who had a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Colorado.

6 C tomato juice
1 can 8-oz tomato sauce
1 medium onion, diced
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
1 heaping tablespoon cumino (cumin)
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
1 tablespoon red chile powder
1 tablespoon dried chile pequin (or chile flakes) *This is where the heat is--so adjust to match your own tastebuds
2 tablespoons lime juice (can substitute lemon)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano

Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot with chips!